It was a typical Sunday on I-75 in Campbell County with lots of summer traffic. Tragically, typical came to an abrupt end when a van loaded with an out-of-state family rammed into the back of a slowing 18-wheeler.
The above photo was provided by Rebecca Bachman’s sister Karen. Thank you. L-R Daniel, Jake, Becky, and Lauren Bachman
A mother from Georgia and two of her children were pronounced dead at the scene when the 2014 Dodge Caravan 42-year old Rebecca Bachman was driving slammed into the rear of a big rig. Bachman and her 13-year old son Daniel were in the front seat with 15-year old Lauren in a second row seat. All three perished likely upon impact.
Ten-year old Jake Bachman had to be cut out of the van by First Responders from his third row seat. He was airlifted to a Knoxville hospital.
Hoschton, Georgia, is the hometown of the Bachmans. The tiny town is in northeast Georgia.
The 2007 Kenworth was driven by 47-year old Crystal Nagel of Florence, Kentucky. Nagel was not injured. The truck was loaded with food products.
Every person involved in the crash was wearing a safety belt. THP Trooper Steven Ward writes in his report that wearing the safety restraints made no difference.
Ward outlines that both vehicles were traveling southbound on I-75 in Campbell County near Exit 141. The 18-wheeler slowed for traffic, coming to a stop when the van made contact with the back of the trailer of the truck. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/09/2018-12:45PM)