Posted on Jun 22, 2011
H.E.R.O. operators work alongside traffic in order to protect the safety of the public. They have very dangerous jobs and there always the potential of injury in an Atlanta highway accident. Recently, a H.E.R.O. operator sustained serious injuries when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while removing road debris from I-85 in Gwinnett County.
The Georgia trucking accident occurred at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 in the southbound lanes of I-85 at Old Peachtree Road. Troy Moore, a H.E.R.O. operator from Conyers stopped his vehicle in the second lane. He got out of his truck to remove tire debris from the highway. Two other vehicles, a blue pick-up truck and a silver pick-up truck, stopped in the lanes behind Moore. However, a tractor-trailer failed to stop. The 18-wheeler hit the blue pickup truck, sideswiped the silver pickup, and struck Mr. Moore. The truck driver is blaming the Atlanta trucking accident on brake failure.
Mr. Moore was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. His injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening injuries, and he was discharged later the same day. A driver and passenger in the blue pick-up truck sustained minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
The Georgia highway accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.
In January, a H.E.R.O. operator was killed while helping a motorist on I-85. Learn how you can prevent highway workzone accidents in our article, "Slow down: Devastating Traffic Accidents in Georgia Work Zones."