Georgia Truck Driver Crashes into Traffic Pole in New Jersey
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ. – April 10, 2018 (Pressofatlanticcity.com) According to a news report by pressofatlanticcity.com, a Georgia truck driver has been cited for careless driving after striking a traffic pole in New Jersey.*
Shortly before 5 a.m. on April 10, Tommie Faircloth, 60, of Vidalia, Georgia, was driving a tractor trailer near the intersection of U.S. Route 9 and E. Great Creek Road in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Faircloth attempted to make a right turn at the intersection and hit a traffic signal pole. The pole broke away and ended up stuck on the top of Faircloth’s truck.
Galloway Township Police responded to the scene and shut down the area of Route 9 and Great Creek Road for approximately 15 minutes while they removed the signal pole from Faircloth’s truck. The Galloway Township Police Department tweeted that it was a multi-vehicle accident, but no other vehicles were reported to be involved.
Police cited Faircloth for careless driving but have not released any additional details at this time. It does not appear that Faircloth or anyone else was injured in the accident.
Data indicate that each year in the United States, more than 1,000 fatality accidents occur because of collisions with utility poles or signal poles. Approximately 40 percent of utility pole collisions result in injury to drivers or passengers.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 20 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities in the United States result from a vehicle leaving the roadway and striking a fixed object. These objects usually include utility poles, trees, and traffic barriers. These accidents often occur because of excessive speeds, drowsy driving, poor visibility, or inattentive driving.
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