One man died and another was taken to a local hospital after flames from a tractor-trailer crash spread to a Bartow County home about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.
The tractor-trailer was heading northbound on U.S. 411 when it hit a car stalled with mechanical problems, Bartow County fire battalion chief Sandy Turner said.
“The truck did run off the side of the road through the fence, struck a power pole and then struck a tree,” he said.
The driver, Roderick Eubanks, 48, of Hephzibah, was killed, and the incident sparked a fire near Industrial Park Road that spread to the house as well as an unoccupied pickup truck. Passenger Benjamin Zarzana, 55, of Cartersville, was injured and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia State Patrol officials said.
Flames from a tractor-trailer crash spread to a home in Bartow County, authorities said. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Both the house and the truck were a total loss, Turner said.
U.S. 411 was blocked until 12:30 p.m.