Two people were injured in a crash involving two tractor-trailers on Friday.
The crash, which occurred on I-20 east past Liberty Road, shut down I-20 for more than two hours.
According to an article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the crash occurred about 6:15 a.m. One tractor-trailer ran into the back of another one, then ran into the woods, littering I-20 with debris.
David L. Furgerson, Jr., 45, was the driver of a Mack tractor-trailer. The AJC reports that Furgerson was following too closely and struck the rear of a FedEx tractor-trailer that was pulling double trailers.
“After impact, the Mack tractor-trailer exited the south shoulder of the roadway and struck a guard rail, the Georgia State Patrol said in a news release. After hitting the guard rail, the Mack tractor-trailer traveled down an embankment, striking several trees and partially overturned onto its passenger side,” the article reads. “The driver of the FedEx tractor-trailer, 58-year-old Jerome Perkins, continued traveling on I-20 Eastbound in the right lane and maintained control of his trailers, slowing to a stop in the right lane.”
The rear axle of the FedEx tractor-trailer reportedly broke into two large pieces, causing debris and packages to be ejected from the trailer.
Furgerson was reportedly injured as a result of the crash and was air lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital. Charges against him are pending, the GSP told the AJC.
Perkins was also hurt and was taken by ambulance to Tanner Villa Rica Hospital.
Each year in Georgia there are more than 200 fatal accidents involving large trucks and more than 5,200 non-fatal accidents.
Nationally there are about 500,000 annual trucking accidents, and approximately 5,000 of them result in fatalities.
There are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers operating 1.9 million tractor trailers in the U.S. and 360,000 trucking companies.