- Associated Press - Friday, January 3, 2020

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have charged the driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into multiple vehicles and overturned at a Georgia gas station.

In a statement Friday, Georgia State Patrol said Andrel Tremaine Meadows, 42, faces multiple charges, including driving too fast for conditions, following too close and having an unsecure load, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Ten vehicles were damaged in the crash Thursday morning in Norcross. No life-threatening injuries were reported, but one person had to be freed from the wreckage, authorities said.

Meadows said he had applied his breaks to avoid a crash and the truck slid, which caused him to lose control, authorities said.

The truck then smashed into at least two cars stopped at a red light, the agency said.

Gwinnett fire spokesman Donald Strother said the crash sent the tractor-trailer and at least one other vehicle into the parking lot of a gas station, where the trailer eventually overturned.

State Patrol said no one else has been charged.

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