Emily Gambrell, Jimmy Puckett Injured in Oconee, GA, Accident
Oconee, GA -- July 18, 2017, Emily Gambrell and Jimmy Puckett was killed following an accident where an SUV and a dump truck collided.
Police officials from Oconee County reported that the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. south of Athens, near the intersection of State Highway 53 and Highway 78.
Initial reports indicate that 18-year-old Gambrell was traveling along the highway when, according to police, her vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and crashed with a dump truck. This collision caused the truck to overturned onto its side.
Officials say that Gambrell and the driver of the truck, 72-year-old Puckett, were taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Both have since been released.
Authorities did not release any additional details.
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One thing I've learned over nearly 30 years of litigating truck accidents is that there's no such thing as a simple truck accident. What I meant by that is even in cases where reports seem straight forward and looks like police investigators got everything sorted out, there are often details which end up being misreported or simply missing altogether. For this reason, I always advocate that any accident involving a commercial vehicle is thoroughly investigated by a professional independent of the police. A secondary investigation might reveal previously unknown details, or it could simply confirm what police have already said. In my experience, it's just not worth it to leave to chance.
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