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Dump Truck Accident Sends Two Sisters to Hospital

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

A teen from Oconee County was critically injured in an accident involving a van and a dump truck.

Details about the Dump Truck Accident

The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that a teenager from Oconee County suffered from life-threatening injuries on Wednesday morning when the van she and her sister were riding in was in a collision with a dump truck on Georgia Highway 186 at High Shoals Road.

According to Oconee County Chief Deputy Sheriff Lee Weems, the van was being driven by the mother of the teenagers, when it apparently turned into the path of an oncoming dump truck just before 8 a.m.

According to Deputy Sheriff Weems, the mother was taking the two teenagers to Westminster Christian Academy at the time of the accident.

The van was heavily damaged in the collision, and it took multiple firefighters to free the children from the wreckage. The teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were taken in separate ambulances to the Athens Regional Medical Center befire the younger of the two was flown by helicopter to the Children’s Healthcare at Egleston in Atlanta.

According to the sheriff, who went to the hospital to show support for the family, the older sister’s injuries were minor, but the injuries of the younger sister were life-threatening. The sheriff further stated that neither the driver of the dump truck nor the mother of the teenagers were seriously injured in the wreck.

The circumstances of the accident are further being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.

Important Information about Accidents Involving Large Trucks

Thousands of wrongful deaths resulting from accidents involving large trucks are reported every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2013 alone, there were a total of 3,964 fatalities associated with traffic accidents involving large trucks.
  • A large truck is classified as any vehicle with a weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds.
  • Roughly 95,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving large trucks.


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