Double Tractor-Trailer Wreck Shuts Down I-20 West in DeKalb County
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – September 1, 2018 (ajc.com) According to an online news story from ajc.com, a wreck involving two tractor-trailers shut down all the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 on September 1 in DeKalb County, Georgia.*
The crash occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on I-20 West, near Evans Mill Road in DeKalb County. It is not clear what happened, but two tractor-trailers somehow collided. Neither driver was identified. No major injuries were reported.
The wreck blocked all westbound lanes of I-20 for almost three hours. The wreck scene was finally cleared and all lanes reopened around 4 p.m. that day.
DeKalb County is located in the north-central part of the state of Georgia. It has an estimated population of 753,000, and its county seat is Decatur. The county’s major roadways include Interstate 20, Interstate 85, Interstate 285, and Interstate 675.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in DeKalb County have more than doubled in the last several years. In 2012, a total of 15,743 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 3,775 injuries and 76 deaths. By 2016, those numbers jumped significantly, rising to 39,383 total accidents, 10,158 injuries, and 80 deaths.
Almost half of the fatal vehicle accidents in DeKalb County in 2016 were related to either alcohol (20 accidents) or excessive speeding (17 accidents). A large percentage of the 2016 fatal accidents also involved pedestrians — 39 percent, or 31 pedestrian fatalities. This was the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the county between 2012 and 2016.
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