Driver injured in fiery crash

by | June 12, 2019 11:35 am

by BILL CAHILL, SFD PIO

The driver of an 18-wheel hopper bottom tractor-trailer was recently injured in a single vehicle crash.

Around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 911 received a report that an overturned tractor-trailer was on fire and the driver was trapped. Emanuel County EMS, fire, and sheriff’s departments were dispatched to Highway 192 South by Indian Trail.

Arriving on scene, units found the tractor-trailer laying on its side with the tractor engulfed in flames and the injured driver by the side of the road. Passersby were able to remove the injured truck driver away from the burning vehicle prior to the arrival of first responders.

The truck had left the roadway on the curve, struck several trees, and lost its load of peanuts. In addition to the truck, the trees and brush were also ablaze.

EMS transported the driver to Emanuel Medical Center while firefighters from Twin City Engine 20, Swainsboro Rescue 1, and Engine 200 battled the blaze. Due to diesel fuel burning, aqueous fire-fighting foam (AFFF) was used to smother the flames.

Sheriff’s deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers investigated the crash.

Shortly after noon, one of the trees involved collapsed, totally blocking the roadway. Units from the sheriff’s office and Georgia DOT responded and removed the tree from the roadway.

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