Two 18-wheeler Accidents Cause Traffic Backups on I-75 in Lowndes County, Georgia
LOWNDES COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at valdostatoday.com, a semi-truck blew a front tire and as such, lost control of his truck, ran off of the roadway, landed into a ditch, and then turned over. Another truck was involved in an accident where a trucker struck a lead semi-truck after following the vehicle too closely. These accidents caused major traffic backups on Interstate 75.*
In a first accident, a truck blew its front tire and left the roadway. This caused the truck to strike a ditch and turn over. According to the Lowndes County sheriff, “[t]hey got him out and he was coherent but the truck was destroyed,” the sheriff said. “He was hauling empty cardboard boxes for watermelons.”
According to the sheriff, it appeared that the trucker did not sustain any life-threatening injuries before he was taken from the scene of the accident.
One witness on the scene went into the cab of the truck. She noticed that the driver’s hand was bleeding and she got paper towels from her car to render aid to him. The woman noted that she saw some scratches on her body but she indicated that they were not as serious as the driver injuries. She further indicates that “God put me there and I had some training. My son is a truck driver. I would hope someone would do the same thing for him.”
Per the witness and a Georgia State Patrol, the trucker was taken by an emergency helicopter to an area hospital. He sustained fracture injuries.
In another accident that caused traffic backups on Interstate 75, a trucker was tailgating another truck and was driving while distracted, according to a Georgia State trooper. In this accident, the trucker who hit the other truck, seeing that a crash was likely to occur, swerved and destabilized his load. This caused him to strike the rear end of a semi-truck. No one was injured in this accident however, the rear driver is facing charges of following too close and driving while distracted.
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