Bibb Sheriff: Man's Suicide Attempt Caused Fiery Wreck

8:30 AM, Mar 3, 2013   |    comments
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Bibb sheriff's deputies and firefighters responded to an accident on I-475 northbound Friday night.

A news release from the sheriff's office says it happened around 11 p.m. near the Thomaston Road exit.

Employees from businesses in the surrounding area said they heard what sounded like five or six small explosions after the collision.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze after fighting and containing the fire. The northbound lanes of accident have reopened, but the exit remains closed.

A news release from the Bibb Sheriff's office states that Nicholas Deonte Owens was driving a 2006 Volvo station wagon that collided with the fuel tanker exiting I-475.

Owens told deputies that he had gotten into his car after having a domestic dispute with his wife.

He said he saw the tanker pulling onto Thomaston Road from the interstate, and he decided then that he wanted to end his life.

The release continues, saying that Owens accelerated, jumped a curb and hit the tanker portion of the truck.

The tanker burst into flames, burning Owens' legs. He told deputies that he got out of his car and walked to the Thomaston Rd. bridge, planning to jump. Macon police officers pulled Owens from the bridge and turned him over to sheriff's deputies.

The driver of the tanker, Byron Cummings of Macon, told deputies that he had just filled his tanker with 7,500 gallons of gasoline and 500 gallons of diesel fuel just before the accident.

Cummings was not injured.

Owens was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and  transferred to the Augusta burn center Saturday morning.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating.

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