A semi-truck went careening off Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross on January 2 and left a trail of destruction in its wake. The tractor-trailer struck two cars, went over an embankment and only stopped when it reached just feet away from a gas station’s pumps.
In total, ten vehicles suffered damaged in the early morning crash which took place near Brook Hollow Parkway. Two of the vehicles had stopped at a red light while the other eight were parked at the QT gas station.
Forty-two-year-old Robert Lassiter was in one of the vehicles at the stoplight.
His family told Fox 5 he had to be extracted from his car and he suffered injuries to his back, ribs, spleen, and knee. He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center.
Lassiter’s father, Kevin Lassiter, said given the extensive damage to the car, it was remarkable that his son had survived. However, he reported that he was in a lot of pain and could barely move.
Robert devoted his time to taking care of his mother who is living with Parkinson’s Disease but he is now unable to do so, his dad added.
Meanwhile, the driver of the 18-wheeler, Andrel Meadows, faces several charges. They include driving too fast for the conditions, having an unsecure load and following too close. He was a driver for BSM Logistics.
Police say Meadows was not scheduled to work that morning since his log indicated that he was off duty.
It was reported that the truck was carrying nine rolls of paper, each of which weighed around 5,000 pounds.
Truck accidents often result in serious injuries and recovery can be long and painful. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an Atlanta, Georgia truck accident, seek advice from an Atlanta truck accident attorney.