Tragic 18-Wheeler Accident on I-85 Claims One Life

December 3, 2012

Franklin County authorities at the scene of the accident.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Authorities in Franklin County are hoping dental records and a VIN number will help them identify the driver of an 18-wheeler, who was killed Friday night in a fiery crash on I-85.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas Saturday said the driver’s remains were sent to the GBI Crime Lab in hopes of a positive ID.

Thomas said the accident occurred around 5:30p Friday on I-85 southbound near exit 164 in Carnesville.

He said the truck overturned on its side and then burst into flames. Rescuers were not able to get to the driver because of the flames and he died at the scene.

Both lanes of traffic were blocked for hours while crews worked to put out the fire and remove the wreckage.

According to Thomas, the flames were so intense the truck burned completely and they were not able to get the name of the trucking company.

The driver, he said was burned beyond recognition, along with all of his identification.

Over the weekend, investigators were able to find a VIN number on the truck but as of Sunday were still trying to determine where the truck came from.