Atlanta Police Officer Injured in Tanker Truck Accident

On February 28, 2011, an Atlanta car accident occurred involving a Georgia Tech police officer and a tanker truck. This accident occurred Monday morning around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Pine Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

According to officials, 25-year-old Joseph Figura was responding to a call for assistance from another police officer. While he was in route, he rear-ended a tanker truck with his patrol car. The police cruiser was crushed and wedged under the diesel fuel truck.

Once emergency responders arrived on scene, it took firefighters almost an hour to free Figura. During the rescue there were 17 firefighters on scene working at cutting away the vehicle. The Atlanta fire department had to cut the roof off of the car in order to rescue the police officer.

The accident occurred near campus in a residential neighborhood. The truck that Figura collided with was a Cherokee Petroleum Company truck carrying 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel. Authorities said the truck did spring a minor leak during the car crash, but there was no concern of fire.

Officer Figura was injured in the accident and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for medical care. He was in stable condition and was treated and released around 3 p.m. the same day.

The truck driver did not appear to be injured in the crash.

We are glad to hear that the officer did not sustain major injuries, and wish him a full and speedy recovery.

If you were injured in a car or truck crash due to another driver's negligence, please contact the Kalka & Baer Firm for legal advice.

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