Authorities in Georgia told reporters the accident happened at 4 p.m. on Tuesday on northbound I-75 near mile marker 177. A 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser driven by David Daniel, 23 was attempting to change lanes when it struck a tractor-trailer. The driver of the semi, David Evans, lost control of the truck and the vehicle rolled onto its side.
The tractor-trailer came to rest on top of the Toyota, trapping Daniel and a female passenger identified as Chloe Fowler. Emergency crews worked for 40 minutes to extricate Fowler who was then airlifted to an Atlanta hospital in serious condition.
Both Daniel and Evens were taken a hospital in Macon, Ga. for injuries sustained in the crash.
Authorities said all passengers were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred and do not believe weather to have been a factor.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines large trucks as vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds. NHTSA estimates that in 2012, 3,291 people were killed in and an additional 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in the U.S. Those fatalities represented a 4 percent increase from 2011. Additionally, injuries sustained in large truck accidents rose 18 percent from 2011.