One of the worst things on the roads occurs when trucks are running side by side for no reason. It’s called turtle racing, when trucks that are equal in power run parallel for miles until one chooses to let off the fuel pedal. Here’s a lesson in why that’s a bad idea.
I-16 is the interstate highway running from Macon southeast to the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. It’s a major thoroughfare for goods coming from the Port of Savannah to the distribution hubs around Atlanta.
Early in the afternoon of June 22, two trucks were turtle racing, neck and neck approaching the Flat Creek Bridge just beyond Exit 18 on Interstate 16 West. Unfortunately, the left steer tire on the truck in the right lane blew. The shift in gravity caused it to collide with the other truck, forcing it off the bridge.
The truck “gator-rolled,” landing on its top when it hit the creek bed, partially submerging the passenger side of the cab. Drone footage shows the load of lumber strewn around the wreckage from the landing.
Sometimes you just have to let the other guy pass
Fire and rescue crews from the surrounding area were called in with any available demolition equipment. The teams spent five hours trying to cut away the crumpled truck cabin. It was nearly sunset when crews freed the unnamed driver.
The driver was sent by helicopter to Atrium Health Navicent Medical Center in nearby Macon. It is the second-largest hospital in Georgia, and a Level 1 trauma center. The status of the driver whose tire blew has not been reported.
Interstate 16 West will be partially closed the evening of June 23 as crews make repairs to the bridge guardrails and remove the wreckage from the creek. The Georgia Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand to monitor for spills and leakage from the truck into the waterway.
Take this as a lesson to stop the turtle racing. It is nothing but an eyesore for professional truck drivers. You’re not getting to your desired destination any faster. It is a reason for road rage-inspired “brake checks” by passenger vehicle drivers. Mind your manners and stay in the right lane if you cannot complete a pass in a timely manner.