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Amber Alert

Monday, April 9, 2007

Byron man dies from injuries after tire explodes

A Byron man died Saturday in a Macon hospital of injuries sustained four days earlier when a tire he was changing exploded, a sheriff's investigator said.

Jason Herbert Rowland, 34, a Byron Tire Company employee, was critically injured Tuesday night after the tire struck him in the head with the force of the explosion, said Houston County Sheriff's Cpl. James Williams.

"This was a very tragic accident - it was Jason's 34th birthday on the day of the accident," Williams said today.

Rowland, on a service call, was changing one of the rear tires of a tractor-trailer in the shoulder of the southbound lane of Interstate 75 just south of Perry when the spare tire he was mounting exploded, Williams said. The 911 call came in at 8:27 p.m., he said.

Rowland was transported by ambulance to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died Saturday, the investigator said.

The accident, because it was work related, remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Williams said.

The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Byron Baptist Church at 100 White Road in Byron. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rooks Funeral Home at 109 White Road in Byron.