2 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured in Late Wednesday Night Crash Involving 18-Wheeler

By Casey W. Stevens

Around 10:15 Wednesday night, an 18-wheeler collided with a PT Cruiser in Gwinnett County leaving the driver and front seat passenger of the car dead and a back seat passenger in critical condition. According to the Gwinnet County Police, the PT Cruiser was attempting to turn left onto Satellite Boulevard from the stop sign at Shawnee Industrial Way in Suwanee, when it pulled out in front of the tractor trailer. A police spokesman provided the following statement regarding the crash:

“The tractor-trailer struck the white Chrysler PT Cruiser at the driver’s side door. The (car) came to a final rest in the southbound lanes of Satellite Boulevard, and the (truck) traveled off the roadway and into the woods before coming to a stop.”

No charges have been filed against the truck driver and neither speed nor alcohol seems to have been a factor, but the investigation is ongoing.

The victims of the crash were identified as 20-year-old Ethan Ashline, the driver of the car, and 25-year-old Adrianna Romero, the front seat passenger. 31-year-old Justin Kyall was a passenger in the back seat of the PT Cruiser and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.

Luckily, the accident occurred in a densely wooded area rather than a densely populated one. The tractor trailer struck the PT Cruiser, jumped a curb, and plowed down an embankment through more than 30 feet of trees before coming to a stop. Gwinnett County firefighters had to plug the truck’s 400 gallon gas tank to stop it from saturating the ground and a massive cable truck was needed to pull the 18-wheeler back up the embankment. The engine of the truck was destroyed.

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are incredibly complicated and the trucks size is always a factor. Trucking companies have their own investigators on call to be at the scene of the accident as soon as possible to assess the scene and determine their liability. If you or someone that you love has been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you owe it to yourself to contact a personal injury attorney like Casey W. Stevens.

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