An accident that has been described as a chain-reaction crash in Polk County, North Georgia, ended the life of a woman on Wednesday, March 11th. The authorities identified her as Carolyn Jackson, 59, of Rockmart.
The report by the Georgia State Patrol showed that the accident occurred at about 7:20 a.m. on U.S. 27 in the Polk County area. Jackson was driving a Hyundai Sonata when she suddenly for unknown reasons, made a left turn onto U.S. 278.
The report alleged that the deceased failed to yield, and the turn led the Hyundai into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. The latter jack-knifed Jackson’s car on the right side and sent it across the median into oncoming traffic.
The Hyundai was then struck by a Mack Truck and sent back across the median into a guardrail. The multiple crashes left the woman with extensive injuries, and by the time the paramedics arrived, she was dead.
The driver of the tractor-trailer and the Mack truck were unscathed and released from the scene. The GSP said there’s no liability on their part for now, but the crash is still under investigation.
Georgia law makes it illegal for drivers to cross the roadway and engage in wrong-way driving. Most vehicle collisions are life-threatening and life-altering and often caused by negligent, impaired, distracted, and reckless drivers.
Drivers should maintain the right half of the roadway, whether marked or unmarked, and failure to do so can amount to a misdemeanor or felony charge depending on the circumstances of the case.