• September 15, 2022

18-Wheeler Hits Big Rig on Shoulder of I-16; Trucker Killed in Bleckley County, GA

Bleckley County, GA — September 14, 2022, a truck driver died in a fiery crash with another 18-wheeler on the shoulder of Interstate 16 in Bleckley County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 5:15 a.m. on westbound I-16 near mile marker 32. Preliminary investigation suggests that a semi-truck was stopped on the shoulder due to having mechanical problems, and had emergency reflectors placed behind it. Another big rig approached from the east and failed to maintain its lane for unknown reasons; it drove onto the shoulder and crashed into the back of the parked truck.

After the impact the striking truck caught fire. The driver managed to escape the burning vehicle but was found dead in the westbound travel lane.

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

18-Wheeler Hits Big Rig on Shoulder of I-16; Trucker Killed in Bleckley County, GA

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-16 in Bleckley County

Considering the reported circumstances of the crash I'd imagine police are focused mostly on why the victim's truck left the roadway and hit the stopped semi. Obviously that's important to determine, but at the same time I discourage fixating on it to the exclusion of other important details. This early in the investigation it's best to keep an open mind and pay attention to all the possible contributing factors--to the crash itself, but also to the victim's tragic and fatal injuries.

For instance, two often-overlooked but crucial details to learn in accidents like this are why the truck was parked on the shoulder and exactly what its driver did after stopping there. People don't always know that truck drivers have some pretty strict guidelines about both where they can stop and what they have to do after parking--particularly on the road or shoulder. While reports suggest the driver on I-16 did some things right, it's best to ensure he checked all the necessary boxes.

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