Three People Hospitalized After Multi-Vehicle Crash in DeKalb County, GA
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story from fox5atlanta.com, three people were hospitalized November 26, after a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 285 in DeKalb County, Georgia. The crash involved seven vehicles in total.*
The wreck involved three tractor-trailers and four other vehicles and occurred on I-285 North on November 26. The pile-up happened around 3 p.m., between Moreland Avenue and Flat Shoals Road, just before Interstate 20 in DeKalb County. DeKalb County Police said three people were transported to hospitals with injuries. One person was in critical condition, and two people suffered moderate to severe injuries.
The victims have not been identified. Police have not yet released information about the cause of the crash or the circumstances surrounding the crash. It appears one or more of the tractor-trailers might have caught on fire after the crash. All lanes of I-285 North were diverted to Flat Shoals Road, and delays stretched back to Interstate 75.
According to an article from the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003 and 2007, fire departments throughout the United States responded to almost 290,000 vehicle fires each year. These fires caused annual averages of 480 deaths, 1,525 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. On average, 31 highway vehicle fires were reported every hour during this time period.
Ninety-three percent of reported vehicle fires and 92 percent of vehicle fire fatalities involve highway vehicles, such as cars, trucks, buses, RVs, and motorcycles. Highway vehicle fires accounted for 17 percent of reported fires nationally from 2003 to 2007, 12 percent of fire deaths, 8 percent of civilian fire injuries, and 9 percent of property damage from reported fires.
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