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Officials Still Investigating Georgia Trucking Accident

Erin King2 years ago

Officials in Savannah, Georgia are investigating the cause of a crash involving a tractor-trailer and two other cars on the junction of I-16 and I-95 which resulted in the deaths of five individuals. 

About the Fatal Accident

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19th, a tractor-trailer crashed into two passenger cars in Savannah, GA, resulting in a fire and the deaths of five individuals. 

Among the five individuals killed in the tragic crash were an older couple, a woman, a teenage girl, and teenage boy.  The older couple, 71-year-old Jerry Earnest of Varnell, GA and 72-year-old Glenda Adams of Cohutta, GA, were traveling to Savannah for birthday celebrations when the crash occurred.

The woman, teenage girl, and the teenage boy have been identified as 39-year old Wendy Melton of Reidsville, GA, 16-year-old Brittanie Altman of Claxton, GA, and 19-year-old Virgil Moody of Hagan, GA, respectively. The three were on their way to the hospital to visit Altman’s father when the accident took place.

Investigators Build Timeline of Events Leading up to the Accident

According to the Seattle PI, traffic had been halted in the area before the crash occurred and police have reported that witnesses in the area claim to have seen the tractor-trailer drifting between lanes shortly before the crash.  Authorities are currently looking in to the possibility that the driver of the tractor-trailer dozed off before the crash.

State Patrol officials reported that the tractor-trailer sideswiped one car and ran into the car that was carrying Melton and the two teens, which was knocked into the median; two of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle.  Adams and Earnest were killed in a second car after their vehicle was crushed between the large truck and another 18-wheeler.

The truck driver survived the crash without any serious injuries, and State Patrol has said no charges will be filed until after the investigation is complete. The fiery crash damaged seven vehicles and resulted in lane closures near the freeway's junction with I-95.

The deadly collision occurred less than a month after another crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-16 that resulted in the deaths of five nursing students from Georgia Southern University.

Officials report that most accidents are not necessarily caused by the use of cellphones and such, but by people being inattentive and distracted.

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