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Highway debris causing deadly accidents
by lilhurricane 07:48AM Saturday Mar 13 2004
Posted on Fri, Mar. 12, 2004
Associated Press

ATLANTA - A clothes dryer that tumbled off the back of its new owner's pickup caused an accident that killed a father driving his two sons home from a baseball game.

A state roads worker was killed when she was hit by a vehicle while trying to remove a mattress that had been discarded on the side of a highway.

Both fatalities occurred in the past week in the Atlanta area. Both highlight a growing problem with dangerous debris appearing on the nation's highways, increasing the risk of accidents, hefty car-repair bills, serious injuries and death.

More than 6,500 tons of debris were picked up on Atlanta-area roadways last year, including refrigerators, ladders and furniture. The Georgia Department of Transportation expects to spend more than $17 million this year for debris removal from the state's roadways.

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