Victim identified in deadly Irwin Co. semi-truck fire

Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 11:09 PM EST
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IRWIN CO., GA (WALB) - One person is dead after a semi-truck caught fire Tuesday right outside Irwinville in the 1600 block of Highway 32 West, according to the Irwin County coroner.

Walter Stubbs, 50, of Douglas died after the fuel tanker he was driving turned over on the driver’s side and caught fire, according to Senior Trooper Josh Augusta with Georgia State Patrol.

Augusta said the truck left the roadway and Stubbs tried to get back on the road when the truck rolled over.

After it landed, witnesses told GSP that they saw sparks.

That’s when troopers said something ignited the fuel and the truck caught fire.

Irwin County dispatch said it happened just after 3 p.m.

The fire was put out just after 9 p.m. and the truck was cleared from the scene around 10 p.m.

The Irwin County Volunteer Fire Department, EMS and deputies received help from Ben Hill and Turner counties along with the Department of Transportation and GSP.

According to Irwin Co. 911′s Facebook page, a hazmat unit also responded to the scene.

Traffic is still being rerouted and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area until the roadway is cleared.

Trooper Augusta said it will probably be later Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning before the roadway is cleared.

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