Woman Trapped In Massive Car Wreck Kicked Her Way To Safety
A massive crash involving a tractor-trailer truck killed one person and injured 17 others, according to AJC.com. One woman who was involved in the crash described her hair-raising, near death experience. She told the local news outlets that she kicked her way to freedom out of fear of becoming trapped in her car and fled her vehicle mere moments before a tractor-trailer slammed into her.
A massive crash involving a tractor-trailer truck killed one person and injured 17 others. One woman who was involved in the crash described her hair-raising, near death experience. She told the local news outlets that she kicked her way to freedom out of fear of becoming trapped in her car and fled her vehicle mere moments before a tractor-trailer slammed into her.
The accident occurred in Gwinnett County on Monday, June 12, 2017, just after 4:30 pm on Georgia State Highway 316 eastbound at the intersection of Buford Highway in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County. Following the accident, Georgia Highway 316 eastbound was closed for just over five hours. Officials reopened the highway around 9:00 p.m.
Investigators are trying to piece together what happened. Law enforcement officers told news reporters that they would perform an accident reconstruction analysis of the crash. Owing to the number of vehicles involved in the collision, the law enforcement spokesperson said that finding the precise cause of the crash could be difficult.
Shortly after the pile-up occurred, fire officials expressed uncertainty as to how the deadly crash happened. First responders have determined that an operator of a sedan slammed into, and partially went under, a tractor-trailer truck in the crash. The sedan caught fire. Witnesses described the horror as they were forced to watch the man perish in the blaze, helplessly.
It is unclear how the above woman was involved in the crash. However, she told new outlets that her car door was smashed in and would not open. She said she heard the tractor-trailer bearing down on her. Fearing that the tractor-trailer would strike her car, she kicked her door open and climbed out of her Dodge Durango without suffering a serious injury. The woman said it was simply survival instinct that caused her to spring into action. She was one of the lucky ones.
Another witness described the wreck from his perspective. This man stated that his car was stopped but did not say whether his car was involved in the crash at that moment. He also explained that his attention turned to a vehicle that was heading toward him at a high rate of speed, which struck his vehicle and then flew into the ditch along the side of the road.
In retrospect, the carnage could have been worse, despite the tragedy of the one man who lost his life. Nine people were sent to local hospitals and several other people were treated and released at the scene. Photographs taken of the accident scene depict a tractor-trailer in the left lane. The big rig appears to have struck the rear of the Durango. The tractor appears to be damaged on the passenger's side door. There is a demolished sedan that appears as though it is the vehicle that caused the damage to the passenger's side of the big rig in the photo. The car in which the man perished is also shown in the photograph as completely burned and facing in the wrong direction, with the rear passenger side under-riding the trailer. The trailer is also severely burned. However, it does not appear as though the fire reached the cab. Additionally, cellphone video taken by a reporter shows a flatbed tow truck hauling away a 15-passenger van that appears to have been smashed into from behind and from the side.
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