DEATON COMPANY INCORPORATED, TRUCK/AUTOMOBILE COLLISION, CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER BRIDGE, I-20, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AUGUST 21, 1973

The report describes and analyzes the collision between a truck and an automobile on the Chattahoochee River Bridge (I-20) near Atlanta, Georgia, on August 21, 1973. The crash occurred on a section of Interstate highway which, at the time of the accident, was congested. Heavy traffic was exiting the Interstate to 'Six Flags Over Georgia' -- a recreational attraction in the southeast quadrant of the interchange area. Of the five occupants in the automobile, the driver and three passengers died. The truckdriver was not injured. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the driver of the car to control her automobile while attempting to avoid unexpected slower moving vehicles ahead. Her failure resulted in an erratic move to the left and into the path of the overtaking truck. Contributing to the accident were unexpected traffic congestion which required a hazardous stop in the right lane, and land-use practices that permitted the generation of traffic in excess of the safe and efficient operating capacity of the roadway.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Highway accident report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Aviation Safety
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1975-5-21

Media Info

  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092210
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-HAR-75-4
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1976 12:00AM