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One person killed in fiery accident in south Roswell

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Police and firefighters respond to a fatal crash late Friday afternoon at the intersection of South Main Street and the Roswell Relief Route. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A person was killed and two people were taken to a hospital after a fiery two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon at the intersection of South Main Street and the Roswell Relief Route.

Both the Roswell fire and police departments responded to the crash that occurred at about 5:25 p.m. Friday on the city’s south side.
Roswell police and fire department public information officer Todd Wildermuth said one vehicle erupted into flames.
Robin Freiburg was 1,000 feet from the accident. He said he could see the fire at the center of the intersection before firefighters arrived.
“Big fire, probably 6 or 8 feet above the vehicle,” Freiburg said. “Up in the sky, above the truck. And then, moments later, there’s a couple of explosions, like fuel tanks — barrels of fuel or something that was explosive.
“A couple minutes or 5 minutes, maybe before they got here with the fire trucks (was) when the fire was really roaring, you know.”
The accident involved a white pickup truck and an Aaron’s box truck. Wildermuth said one person was killed, and two others were injured and taken to a local hospital.
“We didn’t get close enough to see or know,” Frieburg said. “It was a large fire, and there were explosions, so it was really burning before they got here — it just wasn’t in time to save those drivers, it’s a sad day.”
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.