A 58-year-old Kenyan man was on Thursday killed in a multiple-car crash along interstate I-75 in Cobb County, Georgia.
Boniface Wan’gondu Ndiangui of Marietta, Georgia died on the spot after his freight liner truck pulling a 53 ft dry van trailer rammed into multiple vehicles, and later burst into flames.
Boniface was the only person who died in the accident while other drivers escaped with injuries considered non-life-threatening. The incident led to the closure of the interstate on both sides for hours as the police cleared the wreckage.
Nine cars and seven tractor-trailers were involved in the accident, which happened at about 11:15 am near Chastain Road, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
A white box van was the first to catch fire before the flames spread to another vehicle and eventually to the tractor Boniface was driving.
A driver told reporters that a tractor-trailer swerved about 100 feet ahead of him then crashed into another car while trying to avoid it. It pushed other vehicles to a tractor-trailer and others started hitting each other from behind, leading into a chaotic situation.
Boniface, who was well-known to the Kenyan community in Atlanta, hails from Nyeri County and was living in Marietta with his family.