EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says at least two people were killed in the fiery wreck involving a tanker and a pickup truck on Ga. 17 at Marlow in Effingham County.
The flames are now out on a tanker that ignited into a fireball after it collided with a pickup truck on Ga. 17 at Marlow Road in Effingham County.
It happened just before 3 p.m. Thursday on Ga. 17 in Marlow. The tanker was carrying 8,800 gallons of fuel, according to the tanker driver. He is OK and spoke to WTOC's Don Logana after the crash, but the pickup truck driver has yet to be located. About a half dozen homes nearby were evacuated.
All lanes on Ga. 17 between Courthouse Road and Guyton and Ga. 17 between Bluejay and Midland Roads are expected to be closed all night, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.
"All we know at this time is that the tanker truck was traveling southbound on 17 and at some point the driver of the pickup truck struck the tanker truck. ... It's a bad scene, we haven't really been able to really get into the actual crash scene itself because it has been on fire for so long. All we know is the tanker truck was traveling southbound and for whatever reason basically the driver of the pickup truck struck that tanker truck. We haven't been able to confirm the status of that driver. But however, we have not heard from that driver, so we're hoping to have a little bit more here in the near future" said ECSO spokesman David Ehsanipoor. "The fire was just here put out just a few minutes ago so hopefully we've have more information once they get into the crash scene itself."
Drivers are being asked by the sheriff's office to avoid Ga. 17 between Courthouse Road and Guyton.
To avoid the area, drivers can go up to Courthouse Road, make a right to Midland Road, make a left to Ga. 17 to Pineora, and make the right only to Guyton.