Fatal Wreck on I-85 in Franklin Co. Friday Night

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Authorities in Franklin County are hoping dental records and a vehicle identification number will help them identify the driver of an 18-wheeler killed Friday night in a fiery crash on Interstate 85.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said Saturday the driver’s remains were sent to the GBI Crime Lab in hopes of a positive ID.

Thomas said the accident happened about 5:30 p.m. Friday on I-85 southbound near exit 164 in Carnesville.

He said the truck overturned on its side and then burst into flames.

Rescuers were not able to get to the driver because of the flames and he died at the scene.

Both lanes of traffic were blocked for hours while crews worked to put out the fire and remove the wreckage.

According to Thomas, the flames were so intense the truck burned completely and they were not able to get the name of the trucking company.

The driver, he said, was burned beyond recognition, along with all of his identification.

Over the weekend, investigators were able to find a VIN number on the truck but as of Sunday were still trying to determine where the truck came from.