Truck fire blocks I-475 for hours in Bibb County

Traffic was delayed for more than five hours after a wrecked tractor trailer caught fire at about 4:20 a.m. on Interstate 475 South near mile post 1 in Bibb County.

All lanes near mile marker 1 were initially blocked as Macon-Bibb firefighters put out the blaze.

Matt DeGrandchamp, 31, of Michigan was headed south in the middle lane when another vehicle moved into his lane and he lost control of the truck as he swerved to avoid a collision, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

The rig, hauling 39,000 pounds of paper products, hit the guardrail with the cab traveling 200 feet on top of the railing before rolling over on its side and catching fire.

DeGrandchamp had to crawl out of the passenger side to avoid the flames, the release stated.

His minor injuries were treated on the scene by paramedics.

As a wrecker worked to off-load and remove the truck, two lanes eventually opened up while cleanup efforts took place.

Traffic backed up for miles initially as vehicles could only slowly creep by in the emergency lane.

Deputies do not have a description of the vehicle that pulled into the path of the truck, but anyone with information is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 and ask for the on-call traffic investigator.