4 Dead After Big Rig Fails To Slow For Traffic And Plows Pickup Truck
Henry County, Georgia – Four people perished after a big rig failed to slow for traffic and caused a deadly crash along Interstate 75 on Thursday.
The tragic scene unfolded at approximately 12:15 p.m. along northbound I-75 at milepost 216.
According to investigators, a tractor-trailer failed to stop for slowing traffic and plowed into the back of a Chevy pickup truck pulling a trailer of pine straw.
The big rig pushed the pickup truck into the back of another tractor-trailer, which was directly in front, causing the pickup to be crushed between the two rigs.
The collision sparked a fire which then engulfed the pickup and the at-fault tractor-trailer.
Police said four people were traveling inside the pickup truck and all four passed away in the crash.
Their identities have not yet been released.
Crews are still working to put the fire out. I-75NB right at MP 216 pic.twitter.com/nnjWWJyHCg
— Georgia DOT (@GADeptofTrans) May 16, 2019
The driver of the at-fault tractor-trailer was taken to an Atlanta-area hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to officials.
His identity has also not yet been released.
Police shut down all northbound lanes while emergency crews worked to extinguish the blaze and remove the charred debris from the roadway.
According to reports, police were not able to reopen multiple northbound lanes until approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Investigators have not yet indicated what caused the trucker’s failure to stop.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments and will update this article at that time.
See more from the scene below courtesy of 11Alive/YouTube.