Posted on Fri, Mar. 12, 2004
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.Read More Here