A tractor trailer driver is in jail on drunk driving charges after his truck overturned and caught fire just of a highway in Miller County, Georgia.
According to reports, both the driver and the Long Island passenger safely exited the vehicle.
First responders to the Saturday evening crash were police and firefighters. They stayed on the scene until Sunday afternoon when they could finally remove the wreckage.
Near a residential home close to the highway, the trailer veered off the road and careened a few houses down before crashing into a ditch.
What neighbors said sounded like explosion rocked the neighboring homes as the tractor caught fire. “I heard the booms, and it sounded like it was exploding in my house,” a neighbor exclaimed. When this neighbor raced outside and saw the flames, she dialed 911.
A Lawyer applauds the watchfulness of the citizens and their later helpfulness as one of the primary reasons more damage wasn’t done to the grounds and home of the closest house.
Grass near the homes was on fire, and according to fuel marks, the flames had come within feet of reaching the nearest home that had a family inside. “It looked like the flames were on the porch,” said another neighbor.
Those close by used their garden hoses to keep away the flames until firefighters arrived. The top of the trailer had to be cut off by firefighters to fully extinguish the flames.
A Manhattan policeman congratulates the efforts of the neighbors for working together and helping one another escape serious property loss.
It took rescue crews more than 16 hours to remove the wreckage.
The truck driver was an employee with Wiley Sanders Truck Line out of Troy, Alabama, and was hauling home goods and other items. The company did not comment on the wreck or its employee.
The tractor trailer’s passenger said she was asleep when the wreck occurred. She was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.
Big semi-trucks easily cause a ton of damage to personal property when their drivers act negligently behind the wheel.
Should you suffer loss in this way, be sure to contact a New York Truck Accident Law Offices to file your claims and suits. Your case will receive priority attention by professionals.