Wrong Way Driver Causes Accident on Interstate 85 in Fairburn, Georgia
FAIRBURN, GA – According to an online news report at fox5atlanta.com, Interstate 85 south was closed for several hours earlier this week while authorities conducted an investigation of an accident potentially involving a wrong way driver.*
The accident occurred in the southbound lanes at the Fulton-Coweta County line in the early morning hours. The accident happened about a half-mile north of the exit for Collinsworth Road. The accident caused the backup of traffic for several miles as law enforcement and emergency personnel worked the scene.
It appears from a preliminary investigation of the accident that a Mustang headed northbound in the southbound lanes hit another vehicle, resulting in a mangled mess. The accident was finally cleared several hours after it occurred.
Wrong-way crashes cause between 300 and 400 traffic deaths per year in the United States, as indicated by the Federal Highway Administration. Wrong-way driving occurs when a driver operates his or her vehicle in the opposite lane of traffic and hits into another vehicle headed in the correct direction. While wrong-way crashes make up approximately three percent of all vehicular accidents, they are the leading type of accident that results in serious injuries and even death. In fact, there are about 360 deaths per year due to wrong-way driving crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board provides that the fatality rate for wrong-way driving accidents falls between twelve and 27% higher than all of the types of crashes.
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