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Driver Facing Charges in I-475 Tanker Fire

The man who caused a fiery wreck on Interstate 475 late Friday by attempting suicide will face criminal charges.

The Georgia State Patrol says Nicholas Owens will be charged with criminal damage in the first degree, interfering with government property and reckless driving.

Owens remains in the Augusta Burn center.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 11 p.m. Friday at I-475 and Thomaston Road.

A news release from the Bibb Sheriff's office states that 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.


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