UPDATE: One Dead As a Result of 316 Crash

Police say motorist died after being extricated and transported to the hospital.

UPDATED: Sept. 27 at 5:45 p.m.

One person is dead as a result of a Thursday morning accident on Highway 316 near Hurricane Trail Road. 

According to Gwinnett County Police, at approximately 6:39 a.m., a tractor-trailer was eastbound on Highway 316 and made a left turn onto Hurricane Trail Road. Anvir Karim, 68, of Dacula, was traveling westbound in a 1997 Nissan Maxima and was unable to avoid striking the tractor-trailer causing his vehicle to become wedged under the tractor-trailer. Emergency crews extricated Karim and transported him to the hospital where he later died of injuries sustained in the collision.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 34-year-old Latora Barrett of Columbia, S.C., was not injured.

Gwinnett County Detention Center records show Barrett was booked into the jail at 1:17 p.m. on charges of failure to yield and vehicular homicide. 

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North Georgia Weather September 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I watch trucks turn in front of cars all the time on 316. Sad.
David September 27, 2012 at 07:22 PM
If you saw the video, the car hit the truck near the back. So, the truck was almost through the intersection before the accident. I wonder if darkness contributed; possibly the driver didn't see the end of the truck until too late. Speed could have been a factor too; the car was completely under the truck. Not defending the trucker here, just wondering based on limited observations.
North Georgia Weather September 27, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Yea, I haven't seen the pictures. I've seen trucks turn there and take their sweet time getting across the road, to the point to where I've had to hit the brakes pretty good. Plus once you get older, depth perception in the dark is not as good as when you're younger, and you could easily misjudge the distance from the truck. I have no idea what happened or how. Very sad indeed.
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Here is a link to a photo the AJC tweeted this morning: http://twitpic.com/ayrzpw It looks really bad.
Mitch September 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Yes, my first thought was how did this driver not see the semi turning across 316 in front of him? Like you said he hit the very tail portion of the semi trailer from the side, not rear ending it. These semis don't turn very fast so it had to be in the 316 westbound lanes for a few seconds before he hit the tail end of the trailer. It was dark at that time so we’ll see what the investigation comes up with and see if the trucker is charged with anything.
Mitch September 27, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Looking at the picture all I think is...just one more second and he would have missed the truck entirely. Very sad.
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
It just goes to show how quickly a perfectly normal day can take a tragic turn. So sad for the deceased's family and for the trucker too.
Cowboy September 27, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Ok, i've seen the photos, I've read the articles, I also know that the truck driver was arrested this afternoon for failure to yield, and homicide by vehicle. I drive this road daily and can tell you that truckers are always darting in front of people at this light, they get going fast and turn left in front of cars just so that they can turn without stopping. I see people all the time slam on their brakes to avoid hitting the trucks. When the report comes out, you will see that he turned in front of the car, the car hit the truck and went under the trailer, but at the speed that the truck was going, that the trailer rolled up and over the car before he could stop. This driver hopefully will get the maximum sentence....
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Thanks for the heads up Cowboy. Last word I had was that charges were still pending.
Becky Sue September 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM
I actually saw this accident shortly after it happened and Cowboy is right. The car was unrecognizable and completely crushed under the rear wheels. I can't imagine that much damage occurred if he only hit the rear end of the trailer. Such a horrific accident.
Mitch September 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Looks like this truck driver had some previous trouble here in the county almost a year ago, suspended license and VGCSA OF C/S. Anyone have an idea what that means? http://georgia.arrests.org/Arrests/Latora_Barrett_6956203/ No wonder they charged him so quickly the same day this accident happened.
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
VGCSA = Violation of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act. C/S = Controlled Substance. VGCSA differentiates between possession, possession with intent to distribute, etc.
Kevin Kennedy September 29, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ok I am a truck driver as well I was in the towing business for many years. So all I am asking is before any finger pointing is being done stop and look at this tragic accident from both sides. 316 is a very dangerous road and anything can happen to anybody at any time who travels this road.
Kevin Kennedy September 29, 2012 at 01:43 AM
What about all the cars that turn in front of other cars or even the trucks at that intersection. The point you are trying to make about the trucks turning their is not a one way street it goes both way. Take a ride in a truck sometime and see it from a truckdrivers point of view.
Bob September 29, 2012 at 05:24 AM
This intersection is incredibly dangerous. Cars speeding on 316 at 65+ and fully loaded trucks trying to turn across 2 lanes from a standing stop. The turn lane should be subject to red and green turn arrows only. I believe the county is criminally negligent.
North Georgia Weather September 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Bob, I'm with you on this. That intersection has trucks all over it and I too have had to hit the brakes to avoid trucks crossing there.
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM
You are right - it is dangerous and there really should be green arrows for those turns. Traffic moves so fast and it is so heavy that it is hard for anyone to make that turn from a standing stop.
TheWoods September 30, 2012 at 09:45 PM
This is such a tragedy. Is there any word from Publix regarding what they will do to ensure the safety of the public? I can only assume that the driver in this case was going to their plant and thus they should be held accountable in some way, right?
David September 30, 2012 at 10:38 PM
What did Publix do? People always looking for deep pockets. Too many lawyers. Too much litigation. Must be signs of the apocalypse.
Mom of 2 October 01, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I can tell you what Publix will do. The employees of the deli where the victim's family shopped every week will say a prayer!
TheWoods October 01, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Yea, I'm speaking in terms of awareness. In that regards, there's a lot that Publix can do. Publix can ensure that they hire quality drivers. They can do that too. Everything does not have to involve money. Mom of 2 mentioned prayer. That helps as well.


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