Taylor Durrence, 19, was exiting Deans Bridge Road southbound onto Bobby Jones Expressway when he lost control of his Nissan Frontier on the exit ramp, crossed the center median of Bobby Jones and hit the eastbound tractor-trailer head-on, Richmond County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.
“Speed appears to be a contributing factor,” Gay said. “The ground was a little bit wet from a shower, but we have several witnesses that said he was going at a high rate of speed.”
The diesel fuel tank ruptured, spilling a “significant amount” of fuel, Gay said.
Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said Durrence was killed instantly. He was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m.
An SUV traveling eastbound on Bobby Jones Expressway crashed while trying to avoid the accident, but no one in the vehicle was injured, Gay said. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured but was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation.
One lane of eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway at the Deans Bridge Road exit was closed as crews cleaned up spilled fuel. The lane was opened in the early afternoon, Gay said.