Criminal charges pending in fiery Friday night tanker crash
The man involved in Friday night's fiery crash on Thomaston Road and I-475 will soon be facing a slew of criminal charges.
The Georgia State Patrol says 26-year-old Nicholas Owens will be charged with criminal damage to property in the first degree, interference to government property and reckless driving. The GSP expects to sign those warrants Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Owens has been released from the Augusta Burn Center facility, according to spokesperson Stacy Schneider.
Bibb Sheriff's deputies say Owens told them he purposely crashed his car into a tanker truck Friday night in a failed suicide attempt.
GSP says Owens didn't appear intoxicated, but took blood samples. They're still awaiting lab results.
Owens told deputies that following a dispute with his wife, he left and when he saw the tanker truck pulling onto Thomaston Road, he made the decision to attempt to end his life. Owens accelerated his vehicle, jumped the curb and struck the tanker portion of the tanker truck.
Crews responded to the intersection of I-475 and Thomaston Road where flames erupted from the truck after the collision.
According to scanner traffic, the interstate was blocked in places and additional assistance was requested from the Emergency Management office and from Hazmat officials.
Following the accident, Owens' legs were burned. He told deputies that he got out of his vehicle, walked over to the Thomaston Road bridge and was about to jump when two Macon Police Officers pulled him down.
Owens was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia before being transferred to the Augusta Burn Center Saturday morning.
Byron Cummings of Macon was driving the tanker. He had just filled the fuel tanker with 7,500 gallons of gasoline and 500 gallons of diesel. The fuel tanker was owned by Justin Davis Enterprises.