When big rigs crash, the results can be devastating. Recently, two 18 wheelers crashed on Cleveland Highway in Cohutta in northern Georgia.
One of the drivers was reported to be seriously injured. He was flown by helicopter to Nashville.
The accident occurred just after midnight on Nov 30, reported WDEF News 12 Now.
The seriously injured driver was identified Jacob L. Coffelt by Georgia Highway Patrol. He was driving for Classic Express Inc. in Cleveland.
One truck cab was completely burned out in the crash at the intersection with Wolfe Street in Cohutta.
The cause of the wreck remains under investigation by Georgia Highway Patrol.
The graphic images of this burned out truck reveal the terrible nature of the impact that took place in Cohutta. We hope the driver makes a recovery from this terrible accident.
When 18 wheelers collide the results are often devastating. The crash came weeks after another fiery truck wreck that claimed the life of a trucker.
Bartow County EMS reported a tractor-trailer struck a broken down vehicle. The force of the crash caused the truck to veer off the highway and into power lines. The rig then caught fire and a house was also caught up in the blaze. The trucker lost his life in this devastating crash.
In recent years, the number of truckers killed in crashes has been rising on the highways of America.
In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved crashes that caused a loss of life, an 8-percent increase from 2014, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association.
The 2015 number remains 18 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005, even though the number of big trucks on the roads has risen.
From 2014 to 2015, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles rose by 1.7 percent, from 0.138 to 0.140.
The report revealed the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes rose by 8 percent, from 3,749 to 4,050 from 2014 to 2015.
However, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes fell by 1 percent, from 88,000 to 87,000. The truck involvement rate in injury crashes fell by 2 percent.
If you have been hurt in a wreck involving an 18 wheeler, call the Law Office of Michael West at (404) 913-1529.