Semi-Truck Crash Shuts Down I-285 in DeKalb County, Georgia


November 01, 2018

DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – October 30, 2018 (ajc.com) A semi-truck crash October 30 shut down Interstate 285 North in DeKalb County, Georgia, for nearly six hours, according to an online news report from ajc.com.*

At approximately 6:15 a.m. on October 30, 55-year-old Steven Thomas Selwold, of South Carolina, was driving a semi-truck on I-285 North in DeKalb County. Selwold attempted to exit the interstate on the westbound ramp to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and lost control of the truck. The semi swerved and tipped over, according to police.

Selwold was injured and transported to Northside Hospital for treatment. His current condition was not reported, but Doraville Police indicated he had been cited for failure to maintain a lane. The crash caused extreme backups on I-285 in DeKalb County. The truck had been carrying a large load of rolls of paper, and a wrecker had to be brought in to lift the truck upright. 

The Peachtree Industrial Boulevard exit and several northbound lanes were closed during the morning rush hour, which delayed traffic throughout the county. The northbound lanes of I-285 were finally cleared and reopened around noon that day. 

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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