Tractor Trailer Driver Cited in Georgia Work Zone Accident

A 57-year-old tractor trailer driver was cited after hitting an emergency worker on Interstate 85 in Georgia. The 54-year-old driver of a tractor trailer faces a number of charges after his big rig hit a worker on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on June 21.

According to WXIA-TV, Jesse Arnold was cited for his involvement in the crash that occurred around 4 p.m. on the southbound side of the highway near Old Peachtree Road.

Arnold was allegedly following closely behind a pickup truck that had stopped behind the State Farm H.E.R.O. emergency vehicle. The 18-wheeler reportedly hit the pickup truck, sideswipped another pickup truck and then struck 27-year-old Troy Moore, who had gotten out of his vehicle to remove tire debris from the interstate.

Moore reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries to his back and leg. He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was later released.

At the time of the accident, Arnold told police that the brakes on his big rig failed. He has been cited for failure to yield to emergency lights, unsafe lane change and operating an unsafe vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 196 people between the ages of 45 and 54 were killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in 2009.