A fiery wreck in South Carolina occurred along Interstate 585 when a logging truck was driving towards Spartanburg and part of its load hit the California Avenue overpass, leaving a large log hanging from the bridge. According to Spartanburg County Emergency Management Coordinator, Doug Bryson, the negligent truck driver kept going, leaving the log behind.
Soon, a dump truck pulled up to the scene to try to help clear out the debris, but before the driver could get out of the car, a gasoline tanker, driven by 25-year-old Degrant Stevenson, crashed into the back of him at full speed. The two trucks slid under the California Avenue Bridge and the gas tanker caught on fire. The injured dump truck driver and a witness to the scene worked together to rescue the driver of the gasoline tanker from the burning wreckage, according to Highway Patrol.
The dump truck driver, Joseph Tonkovic, 38, only suffered minor injuries and was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to be checked out. Tonkovic is a volunteer with the Spartanburg County Community Emergency Response Team. Stevenson sustained more serious burn injuries and was flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.