On Sunday, May 16th, the police received several calls about a car on fire in the middle of Interstate-85 following a Franklin County tractor trailer crash. When the police and rescue crews arrived, they found not one but two vehicles on fire in the Northbound lanes of the highway.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the accident took place near exit 160 which is the off-ramp toward Sandy Cross and Old Federal Roads. Neither of the drivers were able to communicate with the officers on the scene.
According to witnesses, the accident involved a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle. There is no indication yet as to which party caused the crash. Nor have the authorities released a statement as to what caused the crash.
The two vehicles were still burning at the crash site when rescue crews arrived. Some witnesses said you could see the plumes of smoke from miles away. The Department of Transportation had to shut down both Northbound lanes of Interstate-85 in Franklin County. The crash site was so difficult to clean up, the Northbound lanes were not reopened until 10 pm on Sunday.
The names of the victims have not been released. The police may have still been waiting to contact the next of kin. The police have confirmed that at least two people were killed in the Franklin County tractor trailer crash. The investigation is still being conducted. There was no confirmation as to how many passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Once the investigation is complete, the police should have a better idea of who was at fault. If you or your loved one are hurt in a tractor trailer accident, make sure you call a Georgia car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may have a potential legal claim against the other driver.