Photo from the scene of a burning semi-truck, courtesy of Sherrod Cliett.
A tanker truck fire in Peach County closed a section of Highway 49 between Byron and Fort Valley around noon Monday.
James Foster was driving the tanker when he noticed something was wrong.
"I thought I had busted an air line is what I actually thought it was because I lost air pressure," he said.
But when he got out of the truck, he realized he had another problem on his hands.
"As soon as I got the truck stopped, smoke started boiling out and one of those other truck drivers said he saw a small fire under the cab," Foster said.
Foster tried to escape through the driver's side door, but the flames near the fuel tank were too high. With flames coming through the air condition, he quickly got out of the passenger side unharmed.
A supervisor with Peach County 911 said the fire was near New Faith Baptist Church. Emergency personnel had the northbound lane of Highway 49 closed at mile marker 8 for much of the afternoon.
Sherrod Cliett, an eyewitness to the fire, says it appeared that only the cab of the truck was on fire.
Foster said he was hauling concrete from Reynolds, Ga., to North Carolina.
"I'm just glad to be alive," Foster said. "Thank the good lord."
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