CECIL, GA — One truck driver was killed and another hospitalized after two semi trucks collided on a highway in Cecil, Georgia about 17 miles north of Valdosta.
The accident occurred around noon on Wednesday, May 8, on I-75 at Exit 32 when a semi truck heading southbound on the I-75 ran into the rear of another semi, leaving the front of the first cab completely crushed.
Valdosta Daily Times reported that the driver of the rear truck was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver of the front semi was transported via ambulance to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
According to Sergeant First Class Stan Stalnaker of the Georgia State Patrol, they believe that speed was a factor due to the severity of the crash.
“We’re trying to figure out if the first truck was traveling above the minimum speed limit,” Stalnaker said.
Either the rear truck was going too fast, or the front truck was going too slow, Stalnaker explained, or somewhere in between.
The Department of Public Safety’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the wreck, as well as the Motor Carrier Compliance Division, Stalnaker said.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office joined the GSP on the scene. The GSP would not release the name of the deceased pending notification of the driver’s family, and on the scene, Stalnaker did not have the name of the driver taken to the hospital.
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