Teen Sisters Killed, One Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Rt 15 in Hancock County, GA
Hancock County, GA -- April 3, 2022, two teenaged sisters were killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Route 15 in Hancock County.
Authorities say the incident happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Route 15 at Fairmont Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the sisters were passengers in a Lexus vehicle traveling east on Fairmont toward the highway. The driver reportedly disregarded a stop sign at the intersection and drove into the path of a northbound big rig on Route 15. The truck's front hit the passenger side of the Lexus.
The teen sisters suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The Lexus driver was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Route 15 in Hancock County
I often mention the importance of keeping an open mind after a crash, no matter what early assessments say. Some roll their eyes at that, but I wouldn't be so wary of preliminary reports if I hadn't seen them overlook or omit crucial details so many times. There are instances where independent experts look into a crash and only confirm what early reports said, but we've also seen plenty of cases where their superior training and equipment turned up crucial information that police missed--things that completely changed how the crash was perceived.
For example, I worked on a case recently where police said a driver turned in front of an 18-wheeler seemingly without cause--at least that's how preliminary reports described things. Her family didn't accept that frustratingly-vague conclusion and asked us to look again. Our investigators found some unusual factors were involved in that crash: There was a dense fog in the area at the time, the truck was traveling much too fast for conditions, and the truck's headlights might have been malfunctioning. All that put together seems like a recipe for dangerously-reduced visibility which could easily have caused the accident. Even from just our earliest findings it was clear that the situation wasn't as clear-cut as police first suggested.
I'm not saying adverse weather or questionable truck parts are responsible for the crash in Georgia. I would point out that it happened half an hour after sundown, meaning light and visibility may have been issues, but it would take further investigation to know if that's the case. It's just important to consider all the potential factors instead of reaching a conclusion and then refusing to budge. If there are any questions about the "official" findings (there often are), then the victims' loved ones would likely be better served by independent investigations to determine the whole truth of the matter.