Truck Crashes Through Ramp Barrier on I-75 in Cobb County, Georgia
COBB COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story reported at northwestgeorgianews.com, a truck crashed through a ramp barrier on Interstate 75 in Cobb County, Georgia. The Rome News-Tribune reports that the truck landed on the interstate below the ramp, and the driver was tragically killed in the crash.*
The accident happened on the ramp to Akers Mill Road from I-75 North. The Cobb County Police Department and the Rome News-Tribune report that a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado was headed north on I-75 and exited at Akers Mill Road. Officers say the pickup entered the ramp at a high rate of speed and went through the intersection at the end of the ramp. The truck then reportedly continued forward and crashed into a concrete barrier.
The police department reported that the concrete barrier did not hold, and the pickup truck ended up traveling through it and falling from the ramp. The truck reportedly landed in the gore portion of the southbound side of the interstate, slightly north of Akers Mill. It came to a rest on its front, with the bed of the truck sticking in the air.
The Rome News-Tribune reports that the driver of the Chevy tragically died at the scene. He was not identified in the news report. The news story did not say if any passengers were inside the truck, but no other injuries were reported following the crash.
It is not clear at this time what led to the accident. Authorities suspect that speeding played a role. The speed limit on the exit ramp is 35 mph, and the ramp reportedly has warning signs about the traffic signal at the end of the ramp. Authorities are still investigating the accident. Anyone who has information about the crash is asked to call the Cobb County Police Department at (770) 499-3987.
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