UPDATE: Trucker Dies in Crash With Fire Truck
Douglas County, GA – A 41-year-old truck driver was killed early Sunday after the big rig he was driving slammed into the back of a fire truck responding to another accident on Interstate 20 in Douglas County.
Officials said the fatal crash occurred when fire crews were on-site of a rollover accident involving a red Ford Mustang in the westbound lanes of I-20, a mile east of Highway 92.
When crews from the Douglas County Fire Department (DCFD) arrived to assist the driver of the Mustang, they parked the firetruck at an angle in the slow lanes of the highway to act as a “barrier.”
A few moments later, around 3 a.m., a semi, driven by Javon Martin of Honea Path, SC, traveling on I-20 west slammed into the back of the firetruck.
Two firefighters were still inside the firetruck at the time of impact, according to DCFD.
Martin died at the scene.
Rick Martin, a spokesperson from Douglas County, said Martin was extracted by fire and emergency units on location.
Officials said the firefighters were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, which likely saved their lives.
The firetruck was totaled in the crash, authorities reported.
The westbound lanes of I-20 were closed for over six hours following the accident and reopened around 9:30 a.m.
It remains unclear what led to the crash.
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