Fulton County, GA- A jack-knifed tractor-trailer wreaked havoc on Interstate 285 over the weekend causing a chain of collisions and leaving on motorist dead.
Police say that Walmart tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate-285 in between Donald Lee Howell Parkway and Interstate-20 around 8:30 p.m. The driver of the tractor trailer lost control, began to jack-knife before running into the center median of the roadway. The center median sustained significant damage.
The out-of-control truck hit another motorist and set off a chain of additional collisions as drivers scrambled to avoid colliding with the large truck.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, a Chevy Impala struck a Nissan Maxima, pushing them into the right-side emergency lanes. A Flagship tractor-trailer ran into another tractor-trailer owned by Swift Transport.
The flagship tractor trailer them rear-ended a BMW. The BMW then swerved to the right, crossing over into the emergency lanes and through a fence. The BMW finally came to rest on Harwell Road.
The driver of the BMW was seriously injured and rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital. The driver who was later identified as 59-year-old Sanford Coleman of Fayetteville, Georgia, was pronounced dead at the shortly after arriving at the hospital.
It is unclear exactly how many people were injured in the accident, but Atlanta spokesperson Sgt. Gregory Lyon told the AJC that most of the injuries were minor.
The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Weather could have played role in the deadly chain-reaction; at the time, the highway was slick and visibility was reduced.
The driver of the Flagship tractor trailer was charged with following too closely and second degree vehicular homicide, which is a misdemeanor.
Police have not said what caused the Walmart truck driver to lose control or if that driver will face any charges.
The accident caused both the northbound and southbound lanes of 1-285 were closed for a couple of hours as police conducted their investigation. All lanes were reopened by noon after the debris was cleared.
This was among the several accidents, some of which were fatal, that plagued the Atlanta area over the weekend. A total of three people died over the weekend in various accidents.
Motorists and truck drivers often fail to adjust their driving to road and weather conditions. When they cause an accident in inclement weather they are still liable for the injuries or property damage they cause. Dangerous road conditions or inclement weather won’t excuse a driver if they harm other motorists.
If you have been injured in a truck accident of have lost a loved one because of a negligent truck driver, contact a Fulton County truck accident attorney. With the help of a legal expert, truck accident victims can build a strong case that will assure they receive compensation that covers all their medical expenses and their daily living costs along with their pain and suffering. Contacting an attorney quickly can alleviate your worries and allow you to focus on healing.