The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team continues to investigate the deadly trucking accident that took place on I-75 in Lowndes County earlier this week. The collision involved two tractor-trailers and a passenger car, driven by 30-year-old Shawn Alexander Ryster, who suffered fatal injuries after being rear-ended by a big-rig. If you have been injured in a Georgia truck accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal wreck with a tractor-trailer, contact our trucking accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the driver found at-fault in the collision, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.

Car Rear-Ended by Tractor-Trailer

The fatal trucking accident in Georgia took place early on the morning of December 8, in the outside southbound lanes of Interstate 75, approximately one mile north of exit 11 in Lowndes County. According to reports, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a vehicle on the side of I-75 at about 6:30 a.m., but before they could locate the accident, the Ford Focus, driven by Shawn Alexander Ryster, was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. “The only thing that we know now is that the first semi was struck in the rear by the passenger car, and then another semi came along and struck the passenger car from the rear,” reported Cpl. W.C. West with the Georgia State Patrol.

According to troopers, the deadly three-vehicle accident in Lowndes County took place when Ryster collided into the rear of big-rig, which was reportedly driving slow down the interstate, and was then rear-ended by another driver, who was hauling a truck full of beer at the time of the wreck. After rear-ending Ryster’s Ford Focus, the second truck overturned and crashed into the woods on the side of the highway. “The damage done to the passenger car was one of the worst ones I’ve had to deal with,” said Cpl. West. “At this point, we really don’t know [what happened to the Focus after it was rear-ended], due to the amount of damage and the speeds that were involved with it as well. It created a large debris field.”

Truck Driver May Faces Charges in Fatal Wreck

Following the fatal collision, the driver of the first semi-truck, Leon Callaway, who was traveling to Miami after spending the night in Valdosta, GA, exited the highway and pulled into a gas station, where he called 911 and reported being involved in a car accident. The driver of the second big-rig, identified as Dee Bee Parker, was transported to South Georgia Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released later that day. Ryster was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The investigation into the cause of the deadly Georgia trucking accident is ongoing, but troopers say one of the commercial truck drivers will face charges in the wreck.


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