Local fire crews worked to put out a fire caused by a tractor-trailer collision that blocked the interstate for nearly three hours and sent one driver to Grady Memorial with third-degree burns. Photo by P. Yost

Local fire crews worked to put out a fire caused by a tractor-trailer collision that blocked the interstate for nearly three hours and sent one driver to Grady Memorial with third-degree burns. Photo by P. Yost

By Patrick Yost, Editor

A Fort Worth, Texas man continues to cling to life at Grady Memorial Hospital after he suffered third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body following an Interstate 20 tractor-trailer wreck on Thursday, Aug. 29.

According to TFC Alex Starling, Georgia State Patrol, Michael Wayne McFaul, 28, was in critical, but stable, condition on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Starling said a 2001 Volvo tractor-trailer, driven by McFaul, struck another tractor-trailer at approximately 11:36 a.m. just under the Parks Mill Road overpass. Starling said McFaul was apparently attempting to pass a 2006 Freightliner driven by John Washington, 69, Summerville, S.C., and McFaul’s rig clipped Washington’s trailer. The Volvo’s cab drifted south and the trailer continued, causing the Volvo’s cab to overturn into the median on the driver’s side. The truck then exploded, Starling said.

McFaul climbed from the cab fully engulfed in flames, Starling said, and a passerby came to his aid and forced McFaul to the ground. The passerby also suffered burns to his hands.

McFaul was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta by life flight. Washington did not sustain serious injuries in the crash.

Starling said both lanes of Interstate 20 were blocked for nearly three hours and were partially opened at approximately 2 p.m. The incident site was completely cleared at 5 p.m.

On Friday, according to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, the westbound section of Interstate 20 between exits 114 and 113 was blocked for nearly six hours after a manure truck lost its entire load on the interstate. Ashburn said the driver of that truck was hauling “wet” manure on U.S. 441 north and the load sloshed over his cab. The driver was cited and, once on the interstate, Ashburn said, a tailgate on the rear of the rig opened and spilled the entire contents on the interstate.