A tractor trailer whose driver failed to slow for traffic set off a fiery chain crash involving two other tractor trailers Tuesday morning in Bulloch County, Georgia.
Georgia State Troopers said that a previous crash on Interstate 16 East south of Statesboro, Georgia, had slowed traffic. About 7:38 a.m., a commercial truck traveling toward Savannah came upon the slowed traffic and rammed into the back of another tractor trailer, sending that truck crashing into another commercial truck ahead of it.
“A chain reaction happened. One crashed into another truck and pushed it into the other. That’s what the preliminary investigation is showing,” Sgt. Chris Rodewolt, Georgia State Patrol, told the press, according to WTOC Savannah.
The truck that started the crash burst into flames. The driver of that truck was injured and taken to a hospital in Statesboro. WTOC reported that the man was in serious condition and was later transported to Augusta, Georgia, for treatment of burn-related injuries.
The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Police, Department of Public Safety, and the Bulloch County Fire Department all responded to the crash, which led to the closure of both eastbound lanes until about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The crash remains under investigation and authorities haven’t spoken about possible causes. Typically in crashes where commercial trucks fail to slow for stalled traffic, investigators look at possible causes of distraction, such as the use of a smartphone or other electronic device, as well as drowsiness or fatigue, the driver’s medical health, brake failure and other mechanical problems, and drug or alcohol use.
Source: WTOC Savannah