Two FedEx trucks were involved in a crash on Interstate 75 in Cobb County, near Atlanta, on Nov. 26, according to local reports. Photos and video footage showed dozens of packages strewn about the highway.
WSB reported the trucks sideswiped one another, leading to the crash.
At least one lane was shut down due to the accident as crews try to clean up the packages and other debris. The packages were moved out of traffic lanes, the report said.
“Delayed Christmas? FedEx truck hits FedEx truck on I-75SB at Barrett Parkway, leaving packages strewn across the shoulder into the woods. Cleanup underway. Package tracking could be interesting,” wrote former WSB reporter Ross Cavitt.
Delayed Christmas? FedEx truck hits FedEx truck on I-75SB at Barrett Parkway, leaving packages strewn across the shoulder into the woods. Cleanup underway. Package tracking could be interesting. pic.twitter.com/dWQcCO9s46
— Ross Cavitt (@RossCavitt) November 26, 2018
FedEx issued a statement on the crash.
“Safety and package care are top priorities at FedEx Ground and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement as they investigate this incident. We are taking steps to recover and transport affected packages. Customers with questions about their shipments can track their packages on http://fedex.com or call 1-800-GO-FEDEX ,” it said to CBS46.
Recent FedEx Incidents
It comes a few weeks after a FedEx driver in Louisiana, hundreds of miles away, discovered a baby having crawled under his vehicle. The baby was found next to his front tire.
“This baby was crawling outside under my truck after my truck was parked to make a delivery, luckily I seen her before I backed out. No supervision in sight,” Byron Nash, the driver, wrote on Facebook in November.
He added: “This baby is right under my truck and her parents aren’t nowhere to be found! Look at this, this baby is outside by herself.”
Nash then approached the mother of the child about the matter, saying it “scared him at first” and the woman tells him: “It would have scared the [expletive] out of me too. I would have been tripping.” A woman named Ann Bartman commented on Nash’s Facebook video and said she sent the video to the Lake Charles Police Department, which responded with a statement: “We’ve received it numerous times and have forwarded it to the detective division,” replied the police department in the photo.
In Oregon, a FedEx driver wasn’t charged after fatally punching a man who allegedly called him racial slurs before trying to hit the driver first, OregonLive reported on Nov. 20.
Multnomah County prosecutors said that Joseph Richard Magnuson, 55, the man who attacked the driver, was in “extremely poor health” when he was punched by delivery driver Timothy Warren in September, the Portland Tribune reported. “The decision by Mr. Warren, who is black, to not let the racist vitriol to which he was being subjected go unanswered is not of legal significance,” wrote Deputy District Attorney Adam Gibbs.
Traffic Deaths Down
For the first half of 2018, U.S. traffic deaths fell 3.1 percent, according to preliminary figures released in October 2018, Reuters reported. The U.S. traffic death rate dropped to 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles traveled for the first half of 2018.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 2017 traffic deaths also had fallen by 1.8 percent to 37,133 after traffic deaths rose sharply in the previous two years.