Fatal Accident Update

The driver of an 18-wheeler was killed today when his truck crashed and burned. The driver of the other vehicle in the accident says it wasn't his fault. When firefighters arrived, the truck was burning, the flames reaching the top of the trees. There were two people in the truck.

"The individual that was also in the tractor-trailer had some minor injuries but refused EMS transport," said Lt. Brett Waters of the Southside Fire Dept. "His buddy, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was trapped inside the 18-wheeler and was not able to escape."

The driver of the minivan involved in the wreck, Fred Vredenburgh, says he was traveling in the right-hand lane when the truck made contact with his vehicle.

"The truck was in the left lane," said Vredenburgh. "Basically, he swerved a couple of times, then he swerved and hit the back of my van and I wrapped around the front of his truck. He pushed me off the side of the road and he wrecked himself."

It took nearly an hour to get the flames under control and several hours to put the fire completely out. The Georgia State Patrol is in charge of the investigation.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com