Brunswick, GA- Police say the truck driver who set off a seven-vehicle accident in South Georgia near the Florida border was driving too fast for road conditions. The chain of collision left three Florida residents dead and several other injured.
Georgia State patrol said the accident took place on a 1-95 overpass around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday when a tractor trailer rear-ended Lexus and continued forward, striking a Ford Escape in the rear.
The Lexus became trapped underneath the tractor-trailer which was traveling the center lane. The large vehicle eventually stopped in the left lane with the Lexus still underneath.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the Ford Escape veered to the right where it struck the front left side of a tractor-trailer.
The driver of the Ford Escape, 71-year-old Reinhold T. Steinhilber, of Altamonte Springs, was rescued from his vehicle, but died on his way
The two occupants of the Lexus Rocco Joseph Urso, 80, and Heidy E. Urso, 76, of Bonita Springs, were pronounced dead at the scene, but they were not removed from their vehicle for several hours.
Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Andy Sinquefield told the Times-Union, “You can’t even tell what kind of car it is. We don’t know how many are in there.” He also said it was the worst accident he had seen in a while.
Other vehicles involved in the accident include a Volkswagen, a large pickup hauling a trailer, another and two other tractor-trailers. The Volkswagen and the large pickup were struck from behind.
Four people were injured but Georgia State Patrol was not certain of the nature of their injuries.
The entirety of U.S. overpass 17 was closed for hours as police and rescue workers cleared the scene and investigated the accident.
Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident and said that charges are pending. Traffic had slowed on that area because of an earlier accident leading some to conclude that driver who started the chain of collisions was traveling too fast for road conditions.
The first accident of the day in that area also involved a tractor-trailer which crashed and burst into flames. A tire from the rig flew into the opposite lanes and struck another vehicle, the Times Union reported.
Speeding is a major factor in a number of traffic accidents, but when a tractor-trailer in involved the injuries can be more severe or deadly. It’s a simple matter of physics, larger and heavier vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed are more dangerous.
Driving too fast for road conditions can have serious consequences as this accident shows and even the most experienced truck driver would have trouble stopping a speeding truck when traffic suddenly slows.
Motorists who are injured by a speeding tractor-trailer should get in touch with a Georgia truck accident attorney to assist them with their injury claims. With the help of a legal expert, personal injuries can assure they will get a fair settlement that covers their medical costs and mental anguish.