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Serigne Mbodji, Christopher Dennis, Aliyah Miles, Dawan Nation, and Ephira Oddum Killed in an Accident with Parked Semi-truck on Interstate 75 in Tift County, Georgia


Tift County, Ga. — Five people died after their vehicle collided with a parked semi-truck. The incident happened Tuesday on Interstate 75.

According to reports, a vehicle traveling north struck a semi-truck trailer parked on the shoulder.

Four people inside the vehicle died on the scene, and one person died at the hospital.

The victims are Serigne Mbodji, Christopher Dennis, Aliyah Miles, Dawan Nation, and Ephira Oddum.

No further details have been provided.

Semi-trucks should not park on the shoulder of highways

Some may be quick to blame the deceased for colliding with a parked vehicle. However, was it wise to park a full-sized semi-truck next to a lane of moving traffic in the first place? Shouldn’t the truck driver recognize that the slightest deviation by a passing driver can cause serious injury or death? The trucking industry knows this scenario has occurred countless times before. This is a known hazard. When trucks park next to a moving lane of traffic, fatalities occur. Truck drivers who park in such a dangerous location should not evade responsibility by blaming the deceased driver.

I recently worked on a case where a young husband and father collided with the back of a semi-truck parked next to a moving lane of traffic similar to this incident. The truck had a flat tire, and the truck driver claimed he had no choice but to pull over. Upon investigating the crash, we found that the blown tire had been driven underinflated for an extended period. This indicated that the trucking company repeatedly inflated the tire to keep the truck operational rather than replacing it to prevent a breakdown. What seemed like a legitimate reason to stop and endanger others was actually a deliberate decision to prioritize profits over safety. This decision resulted in a man’s death and left a child without a father. We have found that there are very few times that a trucker should put the motoring public in danger by stopping next to a moving lane of traffic.

The crash needs to be investigated to see exactly what happened.

 

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