Whenever there’s an accident involving a tractor-trailer, the cops expect the worst. It’s hard for anyone to withstand the impact of a commercial truck. That’s exactly what happened when a fiery crash in Atlanta killed at least one person on Friday night, April 9 at about 11 p.m.
The police received a call reporting a crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate-285. A vehicle was travelling behind a tractor trailer when the driver tried to exit off at the Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. Then, as quickly as tried to exit the highway, the driver reentered.
When the car got back on the highway going north, they lost control of the vehicle. The car pinballed a bit until it ended up landing behind the still moving tractor-trailer. Upon impact, the rear of the truck caught on fire. When the cops showed up, the truck was still burning bright. The flames were so bad, the rescue crews couldn’t make it to the two vehicles to see if anybody was inside.
The cops couldn’t even indicate if anyone had been hurt or injured. They knew they hadn’t found the driver of the second vehicle, but they couldn’t confirm what had happened to him. Finally, late Sunday April 11, the police confirmed that the person who had driven underneath the tractor-trailer was in fact the driver of the second vehicle.
The police have not yet identified the man who was hurt. What they did say was that he was taken to the local hospital right away. Sadly, he didn’t survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His family will likely have a claim for damages against whatever or whomever caused the fiery crash in Atlanta.
If your loved one is hurt or injured in a tractor trailer accident, make sure to contact a Georgia car accident attorney.