GA State Patrol investigate Bibb Co. traffic accident - CBS46 News

GA State Patrol investigate Bibb Co. traffic accident

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The Bibb County Sheriff's Office responded to a traffic accident with injuries on Thomaston Road around 11 p.m. Friday.

According to deputies, Nicholas Deonte Owens, 26, of Macon was driving a 2006 Volvo Station Wagon that collided with a fuel tanker that was exiting interstate 475. Owens told deputies that he and his wife were involved in a domestic dispute earlier that night.

He stated that he got into his vehicle, heading east on Thomaston Road, saw the fuel tanker pulling onto Thomaston Road from the interstate and decided that he wanted to end his life.

He accelerated the vehicle, jumped a curb and then struck the tanker portion of the fuel tanker. The tanker engulfed in flames, burning Owens' legs. He told deputies that he got out of his vehicle , walked over to the Thomaston Road bridge and was about to jump when a couple of unidentified Macon Police Officers, who were in the area, pulled him down. The officers turned Owens over to deputies.

The driver of the fuel tanker, Bryon Cummings of Macon, stated that he had just filled the fuel tanker with 7,500 gallons of gasoline and 500 gallons of diesel just before the traffic accident.

Cummings was unharmed in the accident.

The fuel tanker was owned by Justin Davis Enterprises.

Owens was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Central Georgia in stable condition.  He was transferred to the Augusta burn center Saturday morning.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the traffic accident.

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