Overturned Tractor-Trailer Impedes Traffic in Miller County
MILLER COUNTY, GA— Traffic came to a standstill in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, August 21, 2018, when a tractor-trailer overturned on State Route 1, which is also known as Highway 27 near milepost 3. Law enforcement officers were forced to re-route traffic onto Bryan Road so that they could attend to the scene according to SOWEGALIVE.com. Fortunately for commuters, the Georgia Department of Transportation and law enforcement officers had the road reopened by 4 p.m. that afternoon.*
The 18-wheeler involved in the accident hauled beer at the time the truck overturned. The tractor and its trailer laid across all lanes of travel southbound on SR 1, also known as Martha Berry Highway in addition to being called Highway 27.
State troopers from the Georgia State Patrol and workers from the Georgia Department of Transportation flocked to the scene of the fatal incident around 2p.m. The Georgia State Patrol did not elaborate as to how the truck crashed or why, whether other cars were involved, or if anyone suffered any injuries.
One thing that was made clear about this accident was that clearing the road proved to be very difficult. The tractor-trailer hauled bottles of beer. The exact number is not known. However, Georgia Department of Transportation workers stated that the load was difficult to right. They speculated that another two hours would be needed to right the truck and open the southbound lanes to traffic again. The Georgia Department of Transportation needed to call in a huge tow truck. The tow truck had to attach the cables to the side of the trailer and then roll it over onto its wheels so crews could remove it.
Load shifting is one of the primary causes of big rig accidents. Improperly packed freight can shift during transit and throw the trailer out of balance. Once that happens, the tractor driver can easily lose control over the trailer, and it can flip easily. Loads can shift if the driver hits a bump, for example, or must take evasive action to avoid a collision. The sudden defensive steering can quickly throw cargo off balance, leading to a rollover.
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