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Another Semi-Truck Accident Claims One Life and Injures Another

Last week, yet another semi-truck accident made headlines in Georgia. This marks the third fatal semi-truck accident in the past two months. This time, the accident involved a semi-truck and two Mormon missionaries of the LDS Church. Sister Natalie Ann Barnard, age 20, died as a result of her injuries, and Sister Rachel Beckstrom, 19, was seriously injured in the accident. Beckstrom has been unresponsive since the accident and is currently in critical condition. Both were serving in the Atlanta North Mission since October of 2014. The two women were hit by a semi-truck traveling approximately 45 miles per hour. The women were attempting to turn right, but had limited visibility. Their car was dragged 30 feet by the truck.

Natalie Ann Barnard’s family offered this statement: "As a family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our loving daughter, sister, and granddaughter. On behalf of our entire family, we wish to express our love and appreciation for all of the support and prayers that have been offered in the wake of this tragic loss. Her loving family and all of her friends will miss her larger-than-life smile and the radiance that made her instantly lovable. In this tragic time, our comfort comes from our belief that Natalie is with our Heavenly Father and that she continues the Lord's work with the same vigor with which she entered the mission field. Natalie was driven by a deep conviction to serve a mission. She loved the people of Georgia and served them faithfully. She would not have wanted to be anywhere else than serving in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. We love our Savior, Jesus Christ, and we know that through him and his eternal sacrifice that we'll someday soon see our beloved Natalie again. It is with this knowledge that we have the comfort and courage necessary to mourn and celebrate the life of our dear Natalie. "

To combat the recent trend of deadly auto crashes, Governor Nathan Deal released a plan on June 11, 2015 to spend $10 Million Dollars to hire an additional 60 highway safety officers to patrol and enforce the major highways in Georgia, with a primary focus on the “high crash corridors.”

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