Accident victim remains unidentified

December 3, 2012

Northeast Georgia authorities are hoping dental records and a vehicle identification number will help them identify the driver of an 18-wheeler killed in Friday’s fiery crash on I-85. Sheriff Stevie Thomas of Franklin County says the driver’s remains were sent to a crime lab in hopes of a positive ID. Lake Hartwell radio WLHR in Lavonia reports the accident occurred around 5:30 p-m southbound near the Carnesville 164 exit. The truck flipped on its side and burst into flames. Because of those flames, rescuers could not get to the driver. He died at the scene. and all of his identification was destroyed. Both southbound lanes were blocked for hours, as crews worked to put out the fire and remove the wreckage. Sheriff Thomas says the flames were so intense that they could not read the name of the trucking company. But, over the weekend, investigators found the VIN and are tracing it.

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