Savannah, GA- In a recent trucking safety enforcement sweep, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. found that speeding and following too closely are two of the five most common citations given to truck drivers. It appears as both of those risky behaviors might have been at play in recent Georgia accident that left five college students dead.
The Statesboro Herald reports that the accident took place Wednesday morning around 6 a.m. on Interstate 16 in Bryan County when a tractor-trailer failed to stop for traffic as it slowed in the eastbound lanes. The tractor-trailer slammed into a line of at least seven cars before rear-ending a tanker truck.
A total of three tractor-trailers, two cars and two pickup trucks were involved in the collision.
According to the Herald, the tractor-trailer rolled over onto a passenger vehicle which was soon engulfed in flames.
Seven nursing students from Georgia Southern University was in one of the involved vehicles. Four of the women were pronounced dead on the scene and one died later in the hospital. Two women were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital, according to WSB-TV.
It is too early to place blame for this accident on anyone at this time, but police have ruled out weather or adverse road conditions as reasons for the collision. The investigation is ongoing and police have not cited the tractor–trailer driver at this time.
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