Tragic Semi-Truck Rollover Accident Kills Two in Milledgeville, Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia — John and Joan Woodford, both 71, lost their lives in a collision with a tractor-trailer truck in Baldwin County. The Woodfords were from Macon, Georgia according to 41WMGT. The Georgia State Patrol investigators dispatched to the scene are still investigating what happened. However, the preliminary evidence suggests that the driver of the tractor-trailer truck ran a stop sign and caused the crash. Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol did not make any arrests as of this point in their investigation.*
Georgia State Patrol Trooper James Jeffrey told 41WMGT that the tractor-trailer truck involved in the crash refused to stop at the stop sign posted atthe intersection of Vinson Highway and Fall Line Freeway. Motorists approaching the intersection on Vinson Highway have the stop sign. Trooper Jeffrey reported that the Woodfords hit the semi-truck in the intersection. It appears they had the right of way.
Upon impact, the semi-truck flipped over onto the Woodford's black Ford F-150 pickup truck. The Baldwin County Coroner's office representatives present at the scene declared the Woodfords deceased. The final autopsy reports from the post-mortem examinations performed on the Woodfords have not been released.
Troopers continue to proceed with their investigation. No charges have issued to this point, butthat could change depending on the results of the collision analysis and reconstruction.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia maintains motor vehicle crash statistics. Data generated by that office shows 179 people died in crashes involving a large truck. The overwhelming majority of those killed were occupants of other vehicles. Only 33 large truck occupants died in 2016. Therefore, 146 people were either in another vehicle or outside of a vehicle, such as a pedestrian.
The 2016 statistics are the last finalized statistics available. The statistics show that 1,554 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Georgia that year.
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