Driver killed in fiery crash on I-95 Friday night identified


LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – The driver of a tractor trailer who died after the cab of his vehicle caught fire in a crash on I-95 late Friday night has been identified.

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Christopher Ashdown, the driver was 58-year-old James Daniel Owens, of Anthony, Florida.

Ashdown says Owens was traveling southbound near mile marker 79 around 11:30 p.m. when he hit a guard rail. Ashdown says the side fuel tank was possibly ruptured, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the cab of the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, and fire was quickly spreading to the trailer, which was hauling bottles of beer.

Liberty County Fire Services Chief Brian Darby said firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly, but Owens did not survive.

The two left lanes of I-95 in the area were closed while crews extinguished the fire.

Lewis Levine contributed to this story.

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