A Georgia woman was in critical condition on June 28, hours after she was rescued from the scene of a fiery crash between her vehicle and a tanker truck. Little is known about this truck accident so far, but it appears that the woman was rear-ended, causing her truck to burst into flames.
She was driving on U.S. Highway 441 in Oconee County, in mid-afternoon. The Georgia Highway Patrol says that when the woman reached an intersection, the tanker truck hit her pickup truck from the rear. It is not yet clear, but it is possible that the victim was stopped at a stop sign or red light when she was hit.
The pickup ignited, trapping the driver inside. Several other motorists stopped and helped, earning the praise of the local deputy fire chief. He said that there were at least a dozen used-up portable fire extinguishers at the scene by the time firefighters arrived. The fact that the victim was still alive, as of the next day was due to the efforts of those Good Samaritans, the deputy chief said.
Nevertheless, the victim was in critical condition, and her prognosis is unknown. Her injuries, and the severe damage to her truck, show how destructive large vehicles like tanker trucks can be in a wreck. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to pry her loose from the remains of her pickup.
Truck drivers and their employers have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent accidents with passenger vehicles. Among these is the duty to pay close attention to traffic, such as when vehicles ahead of the truck are stopping or slowing down.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald, “Eatonton woman in critical condition following wreck in Oconee County,” Wayne Ford, June 28, 2014