HEPHZIBAH (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred on the 4600 Block Peach Orchard Road in Hephzibah Monday night.

Authorities say the 18-wheeler driver was traveling south on Peach Orchard Road and struck an abandoned vehicle on the southbound shoulder of the road.

As a result of the impact, the 18 wheeler overturned.

The driver, identified as 55-year old Kenneth Allen Key of Keysville, Ga., was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

The accident caused a fuel spill along the southbound lanes and shoulder of the roadway.

Deputies and road crews remain at the scene while the roadway is being cleared.

Southbound traffic is being reduced to one lane on the 4600 block of Peach Orchard Road (this is about a mile south of Mims Road).

Northbound traffic is flowing normally.

This lane closure is expected to be in effect for the next 24 hours.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area.