The driver of a tractor-trailer had to be air-lifted to hospital after his big rig collided with a Henry County patrol car along I-75 on Thursday.
The accident occurred around 7 p.m. in Spalding County in the area of mile marker 207. Traffic was backed up until the early hours of Friday.
According to Georgia State Patrol, the patrol car was heading south in the middle median turnaround and the driver was trying to make a wide turn when the crash occurred.
The driver had reportedly stopped at the end of the turnaround and was waiting for the traffic to clear before going north. However, he made a wide turn and entered the left lane then the middle lane.
At the same time, the tractor-trailer that was traveling north moved into the middle lane. It struck the patrol car in the passenger side door and sent it spinning into the rail on the west shoulder of the interstate.
The impact sent the tractor-trailer into the far-left lane and over the guardrail and it flipped over in the center median.
The driver and passenger in the patrol vehicle only suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Piedmont Henry Hospital for treatment. However, a police dog who was in the car was rushed to a veterinarian following the crash but he died. The five-year-old Belgian Malinois called Thor had been a police dog for six months.
Meanwhile, the tractor-trailer driver had to be airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital. His injuries were not revealed but helicopter ambulance transportation is usually only used in major emergencies. The driver was said to be conscious at the scene.
If you suffered injuries in an Atlanta car or truck accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact an Atlanta auto accident attorney for advice and representation.