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Fatality on I-20

Patrick Yost News

A Grandbury, Texas man died tragically after the tractor trailer truck he was driving on Interstate 20 burst into flames after colliding with a box truck.

According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Scott Edward Bartley was pronounced dead at the scene by a Morgan County coroner after he was trapped in the truck following the wreck.

Reports state that a Ford F–550 pulling a trailer and driven by Marvin E. Escobar–Matias, 38, Hogansville was driving west on Interstate 20 when it crossed the grass median and struck a 2018 International tractor trailer truck driven by Bartley.

The Ford struck the front end of the International in the right eastbound lane of Interstate 20 approximately one mile east of the Buckhead exit.

The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Post 8, Georgia State Patrol, eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 were blocked for nearly six hours. Howard said traffic began flowing again around 9 p.m.

Reports state that at impact the tractor trailer and trailer of the F–550 caught fire.

Escobar–Matias was transported to Morgan Memorial Hospital for treatment. Howard said a Specialized collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) was called to the scene.

Howard said charges against Escobar–Matias are pending based on a review of the SCRT report.

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