SCREVEN CO., GA (WTOC) - The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a fatal wreck that happened around 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Screven County.
Officials with the Screven County Sheriff's Office say a loaded gas tanker tractor-trailer crashed into a van, sending the van crashing into a man in a wheelchair that was riding down GA Hwy 21, near the Effingham/Screven County line.
According to Screven County Coroner, James Strickland, the man in the wheelchair, 59-year-old Frank Barham, and his driver, 36-year-old Margaret Kargbo, were killed in the accident. Kargbo was driving the van, acting as an escort for Barham. Another female passenger, 34-year-old Carrie Johnson, was injured and airlifted to the Doctor's Hospital of Augusta. Her condition is unknown at this time.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the van traveled across the left lane into the median and caught fire. The driver of the van was removed before the van became fully-engulfed.
"I saw him earlier in the day just starting south on 21, and you just feel so sorry for the families for the loss they've incurred, and somebody doing something so good, to have such a tragic ending that way is terrible," said Sheriff Mike Kile.
Barham was a musician who was traveling 30 miles-a-day towards Savannah in his wheelchair, for charity.
The charity concert that was scheduled for Friday at the Trinity Methodist Church on Telfair Square in Savannah has been canceled.
Charges are pending upon the completion of the investigation by GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.