Georgia Governor To Beef Up Highway Patrol in Response to Deadly Crashes; Wreck leaves three Dawson County residents in critical condition; Injured woman hopes big rig hit-and-run driver found
Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Admin
Georgia goveror, Nathan Deal recently unveiled a plan to hire 60 more highway safety officers to patrol Savannah’s port and metro Atlanta’s congested corridors after recent deadly crashes involving tractor trailers on I-16. These extra commercial vehicle enforcement officers will patrol “high crash corridors” near I-16 and I-95. Atlanta Highway congestion is expected to grow as is the Port of Savannah. Gov. Deal has said that the expansion of the Savannah Harbor means jobs for Georgians and a boost to our economy, but increased commercial vehicle traffic comes with it. “The safety of our drivers and the effective transportation of goods are of critical importance,” said Deal.
According to Dawson County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten, a head-on collision just last Thursday left three Dawson County residents, including an elderly couple, in critical condition. The accident happened on Hwy. 9, north of Dawsonville, near Veterans Memorial Park. Two people involved were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and a third taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. The driver of the truck was pulled from the flaming vehicle. The roadway was closed for several hours while Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigated to crash.
April Key-Williams was hit by a tractor-trailer that veered into her lane. Channel 2’s Carl Willis. “Next thing I know I felt a boom and I just start spinning, and then another car hit me and I started spinning again.” The truck struck the rear driver side of her car. The truck driver then fled the scene. Fulton County police are investigating the hit-and-run. The accident victim only remembers that the semi had a green cab with a DOT number in black lettering.
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