Columbus auto tragedies puts focus on safety when broken down

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One week ago today, two men were hit and killed while pulled over on the side of a Columbus interstate after running out of gas.

Days before, and only a few miles away, a similar incident occurred where a man lost his legs.

Columbus Police say to let other drivers know you are in trouble and turn on your hazard lights and drive as far away from the highway as possible.

To avoid being hit by a passing vehicle, never work on your car from the side that is exposed to traffic. If you can drive further off the road to a safer area away from traffic, then do so.

They also say to simply call 911. If you have extra flashing blue lights, it would bring more attention to your situation.

With cars driving 60 to 70 miles an hour, Georgia has a law that says you are supposed to get out of the way and slow down.

"Georgia has a law called the move over law and when emergency vehicles are on the side of the roadway you're supposed to slow down below the posted speed limit if you can't get over," said Sgt. Chris Anderson of the Columbus Police Department. "If you can get over, you're supposed to give a one-lane clearance to that emergency vehicle meaning police car, fire truck, or even a tow truck with amber lights flashing."

Police say you will get a ticket by not following this law and it will cost you a pretty penny.

If you don't feel safe to get out of your car, wait until help arrives because there is no law saying you have to get out of your car.

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