• September 13, 2022

Carl Forss Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-20 near Thomson, GA

Thomson, GA — September 12, 2022, 71-year-old Carl Forss died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 near Thomson.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:40 a.m. on westbound I-20 near Cobbham Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Forss was driving a pickup truck on the road when he somehow lost control and crashed into the rear of an 18-wheeler on the highway. The force of the impact caused the front of the pickup to become wedged beneath the trailer.

Forss suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Carl Forss Accident on I-20 near Thomson

Rear-end collisions can often be misleading as folks quickly assume the rear driver did something wrong. Of course that's possible; further investigation in Georgia could find the victim was going too fast, following the truck too closely, or looking at something besides the road when he hit the truck. However, experience tells me it's important to look into other possibilities beyond the victim's control. While less likely than driver errors, they cause wrecks like this as well.

Carl Forss Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-20 near Thomson, GA

For example, there was a crash I looked into a while back where reports were a lot like this one--an 18-wheeler was supposedly just traveling along the highway when someone slammed into the back of it. Weeks later, though, investigators learned the big rig had just merged from the shoulder and didn't turn its lights on before entering the lane. That meant it was practically invisible and moving slowly when the collision occurred, which is a far cry from how first reports presented the accident.

I'm not saying that happened in Thomson, but it's one of many examples where early reports omitted crucial details. From mechanical issues to lighting to road hazards to medical emergencies to tire defects, getting the full story is always important. That's especially true as the victim's loved ones seek more answers about their loss.

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