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Freak accident involving tire kills driver in Georgia

A freak accident involving a tire killed a driver in Georgia on Thursday, according to multiple news reports. The accident occurred in the suburbs of Atlanta, in Sandy Springs, during the morning rush hour on Thursday, Oct. 19. A tire flew off a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Georgia 400 and flew into the southbound lanes, where it struck a car.

The truck was traveling northbound when it lost a wheel and a tire around 8 a.m., on Thursday, according to a statement from police. The tire struck a vehicle in the southbound lanes, killing the driver of the vehicle. The driver was the only person in the vehicle when the accident occurred. No other surrounding vehicles were damaged and no other people were injured in the incident.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured and remained on the scene to speak with investigators. The highway had multiple lanes closed in both directions until at least noon on Thursday as police and other emergency responders conducted an investigation and cleaned up the scene.

The driver of the truck spoke to the news at the scene of the accident on Thursday. He expressed remorse and sorrow for the victim and her family. He also noted that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was not speeding at the time of the accident. The police have not said if there will be any charges filed.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Gainesville truck accident, an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to advise you of your rights, help you navigate the legal world and provide an honest assessment of your situation.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Driver killed in freak accident after tire flies off truck, striking car on Georgia freeway," Oct. 19, 2017

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