Major Wreck Ties up Traffic in DeKalb County, Georgia
The accident occurred around 6 a.m. October 15 on Interstate 20 in DeKalb County. Several cars, SUVs, and a dump truck collided in the area of I-20 and Wesley Chapel Road. At least three injuries were reported, but the exact details of the vehicles and people involved were not released. The cause of the accident is not clear.
Traffic was backed up following the crash past Evans Mill Road. Drivers were told to expect delays over 100 minutes in the drive from Conyers to the perimeter. No additional information has been released at this time.
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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