Truck crashes, burns on I-75 in Monroe

An Oklahoma truck driver was injured Thursday when his tractor-trailer crashed and burned on Interstate 75 north near the Rumble Road exit.

Otho Ray Reagan, 63, of Vian, Okla., became trapped in the truck’s cab about 6:30 a.m. after the semi left the right side of the road, hit a guardrail and continued down an embankment where it hit trees and caught fire, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency workers had to use excavation equipment to remove Reagan from the truck. He was transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment, authorities said.

Rainy and unclear weather early Thursday appears to have caused the accident, according to investigators.

No charges are pending.

The Georgia Department of Transportation closed two right lanes as wreckers removed the trailer and the burned cab from the side of the road.

Traffic was back to normal by about 10:30 a.m.