Pedestrian Killed By Tractor Trailer

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Pedestrian Killed by Tractor Trailer

CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - One man is dead after being hit and killed by a tractor trailer Thursday morning as he stood outside his broken down car.

The Georgia State Patrol confirms the accident happened around 4:05 a.m. on I-75 northbound.

Troopers say the man experienced car problems and pulled his Volkswagen Jetta off to the right lane of the interstate.

But a tractor trailer driver didn’t see the pedestrian who was standing in the right lane of the interstate outside his vehicle.

"He was wearing black clothes, black shirt, so the driver would not have seen the pedestrian in enough time to get out of the way,” said GSP Trooper Michael Best.

Trooper Best helped with the investigation and said the tractor trailer had just left the weigh station near MM143 and was northbound on I-75 and nearing Ringgold when the accident happened.

The driver was traveling 55mph at the time of the impact and swerved to avoid the man. He will not be charged in the pedestrian’s death.

"He's very shook up as to be expected,” Trooper Best said.

Now Sgt. Bill Case with the Georgia Department of Public Safety is using this accident as a teaching tool.

"If your car breaks down or you see you're having trouble, if you can make it to a safe spot such as an exit ramp, that's the safest place to be,” Sgt. Case said.  "Exit the vehicle. Stay between your car and away from the interstate, whether its woods or a field or whatever, stay away from the vehicle."

As for passing drivers, Sgt. Case said to be alert and move over to the next lane or slow down to a safe speed when passing broken down vehicles.

The far right lane of the interstate was closed for several hours Thursday as officials investigated the accident.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Nothing the driver could have done, thank God they're not charging him for the death like they love to do to us.

It's very smart of that man to be wearing all black pulling over on the interstate at 4am when it's completely dark. Some people just don't think about what they're doing.

Could he not see the trucks lights slowly coming at him?

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

David's Comment
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Nothing the driver could have done, thank God they're not charging him for the death like they love to do to us.

It's very smart of that man to be wearing all black pulling over on the interstate at 4am when it's completely dark. Some people just don't think about what they're doing.

Could he not see the trucks lights slowly coming at him?

I agree.. At least the driver isn't charged..

Some people are just plain stupid sometimes.. it's common sense not to be in any lanes on a hey or road..

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Last year there was a man who committed suicide here in the Cincinnati area by jumping in front of a tractor trailer. People do really stupid things sometimes.....

Mistelle's Comment
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We had a guy that had no lights on pull out in front of us in the middle of the night. Scared the bejeezus out of my husband who very narrowly avoided hitting him. After we thought about we realized he flipped his lights on when we were about 20 or so feet away and as soon as we passed him, he turned them off. Wonder if he was trying to get hit.

Jopa's Comment
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I think the practice of automatically moving over one lane to the left for ANY parked vehicle could have proved benficial in this case. My trainer insists that I move to the left if at all possible (not always a clear lane to the left, I know). I bet the driver wishes he had done so.

Jopa

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PorkChop's Comment
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I personally feel that it's time to start regulating passenger vehicles and their drivers more along the lines of CDL holders are regulated (e.g. driver physicals, pre-trip inspections and safety regulations). Why aren't "average" drivers required to put out reflective triangles when they're broken-down on the side of the road (it would have saved the guy in this case)? Would a pre-trip inspection have prevented this vehicle from being broken down in the first place?

sorry.gif Just venting!

LittleJoe

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bart's Comment
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Nothing the driver could have done, thank God they're not charging him for the death like they love to do to us.

It's very smart of that man to be wearing all black pulling over on the interstate at 4am when it's completely dark. Some people just don't think about what they're doing.

Could he not see the trucks lights slowly coming at him?

Do you always dress for the worst case scenario when going out? Maybe at 4am other factors were in play that compromised his thinking.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I personally feel that it's time to start regulating passenger vehicles and their drivers more along the lines of CDL holders are regulated (e.g. driver physicals, pre-trip inspections and safety regulations). Why aren't "average" drivers required to put out reflective triangles when they're broken-down on the side of the road (it would have saved the guy in this case)? Would a pre-trip inspection have prevented this vehicle from being broken down in the first place?

sorry.gif Just venting!

LittleJoe

In many European countries you are required to keep a flashlight and a reflective triangle in the trunk of your car.

Dave

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I forgot to include an emergency first aid kit is also required.

Dave

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