Local woman pushing for truck safety

  • Photo submitted — Truck Safety Coalition executive director Harry Alder, from left to right, Hart County resident and coalition member Vickie Johnson and coalition member Pam Biddle present an award to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson recently in Washington D.C.
    Photo submitted — Truck Safety Coalition executive director Harry Alder, from left to right, Hart County resident and coalition member Vickie Johnson and coalition member Pam Biddle present an award to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson recently in Washington D.C.
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A tractor-trailer traveling 55 mph forever changed Vickie Johnson’s life on Oct. 1, 2009, a life she is lucky to still have today and one she is using to push for safer roads.
She and her husband Curt were taking their 4-year-old daughter Abby and Vickie’s stepchildren Crystal, 13, and Cody, 15, Curt’s children, on vacation in Myrtle Beach when a stalled dump truck impeded their progress in Florence, S.C., a mere hour-and-a-half or so from their destination and some family fun.
Traffic slowed as cars tried to get around the stalled truck. All five of the family were in Curt’s four-door Chevrolet pickup when he noticed a tractor-trailer approaching quickly without any indication it was preparing to stop for the traffic in front it.

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