A man was killed in an accident in Gainesville involving two vehicles on I-985 earlier this week. The fatal incident occurred early on the night of Wednesday, August 18. It was reported to the authorities at around 7 p.m.
According to the details shared by the Georgia State Patrol, one of the vehicles involved in the accident in Gainesville was a Peterbilt 320 commercial truck. The other vehicle was identified as a pickup.
The Peterbilt was traveling along the northbound lanes of the I-985 at the time. As the truck drew close to Exit 22, it suffered a blown tire. This caused the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle. The Peterbilt then veered across the median and into the path of other vehicles in the lefthand lane.
This was when the truck collided with the pickup. After this initial collision, the Peterbilt continued to veer left. It then drove across the left shoulder of the road, collided with the guardrail and ran through it to go down the embankment.
Two people were traveling in the commercial truck at the time of the incident. They were identified as Eddie Cooper, 40, of Waycross and Stacy Ramsey, 49, of Marietta. Cooper was driving the vehicle while Ramsey was a passenger.
By the time the truck came to rest at the bottom of the embankment, both occupants were trapped inside the vehicle. Once the first responders arrived on the scene, the victims were freed from the mangled truck. The accident had caused serious injuries to both.
Both injured individuals were transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Cooper succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead while Ramsey remains under treatment. The pickup driver sustained minor injuries.
In Georgia accidents like these, it is possible for the victims or victims’ families in a truck accident like this to seek compensatory damages with the help of a Georgia truck accident lawyer.