I-20 Blocked for Several Hours After Three Vehicle Accident in Morgan County, GA
MORGAN COUNTY, GA – June 21, 2018 (morgancountycitizen.com). According to an online news report at morgancountycitizen.com, I-20 was shut down for several hours on Wednesday, June 13 after a three vehicle accident at around 10:00 a.m.*
Traffic became backed up for 4 miles, causing the Georgia Department of Transportation to divert the flow onto Route 441, per Sergeant Justin Howard of the Georgia State Patrol. The accident happened after a flatbed trailer transporting construction augers and metal plates was separated from the head of an 18-wheeler, causing it to stretch across two lanes of the roadway, blocking traffic.
Thirty two year old James Overton from Jackson, South Carolina, noted that the trailer came apart from his Oshkosh F346. According to the news report, “steel plate, welded to the cab’s rear, became freed causing the trailer to separate, according to the accident report. Overton attempted to remove the trailer from the road before another semi-truck in the left eastbound lane arrived. Noticing the impending collision, he fled the area on foot.”
Another driver, David Andrukevich, aged fifty five, from Hamden, Connecticut, tried to apply his brakes and 18-wheeler away from Overton’s truck but struck the rear end of the semi-truck. This caused Andrukevich’s truck to jack-knife, with the cab of the vehicle twisting onto its left side into a grassy medium. The accident resulted in Andrukevich being trapped in his vehicle for almost an hour. He was extracted from the truck and taken to a local hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Per the news report, another driver, Robert Coleman, age thirty three and from Alpharetta, Georgia., was “driving directly behind Andrukevich. He braked and turned to the right but struck the trailer’s side. Both lanes and the emergency lane were blocked. Coleman was taken to Morgan Memorial Hospital for suspected minor injuries. He was released in the afternoon, according to Howard.”
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