Valdosta Daily Times

May 9, 2013

Semi collision leaves one dead

Jason Schaefer
The Valdosta Daily Times

CECIL — A collision of two semi tractor-trailers on I-75 at Exit 32 left one driver dead Wednesday.

At around noon, a semi heading southbound on I-75 ran into the rear of another semi, leaving the front of the first cab completely crushed.

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.

Given the severity of the collision, the Georgia State Patrol believes there was a major difference in speed between the two trucks, but the cause of the incident is still under investigation, according to Sergeant First Class Stan Stalnaker.

"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.