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Tractor-Trailer Crashes, Catches Fire on I-20 in Augusta, Georgia

January 23, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA. – According to a news story reported online at, a tractor-trailer crashed and caught on fire January 18 on Interstate 20 in Augusta, Georgia. The cause of the crash has not been determined at this time, and the driver of the tractor-trailer has not been identified.*

The crash occurred in the early morning hours of January 18 on I-20 West in Augusta. At approximately 5:45 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling west somehow crashed near the entrance ramp for Wheeler Road at mile marker 196 on I-20. It is not clear how the crash occurred or whether any other vehicles were involved. Police did not release any details about the nature of the collision.

After impact, the tractor-trailer caught on fire. The fire burned long enough to damage a significant portion of the rig. Photos from the scene show the cab of the tractor-trailer completely burned out, and half of the trailer burned away or seriously damaged by flames. It appears the truck might have been hauling two trailers at the time of the crash. It is not clear with what carrier the driver or truck was associated. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer has not been identified at this time, and it is not clear if he or she was injured in the collision. The crash caused all westbound lanes of the interstate to close while crews extinguished the fire, investigated, and cleared the scene. It was not until about 9 a.m. that the tractor-trailer was removed from the interstate. 

The interstate closure unfortunately occurred close to the start of the Friday morning rush hour, which meant delays for commuters heading west through Augusta. No further information has yet been reported. 

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