Trucker Killed In Fiery Crash With Big Rig That Crossed Median
Autauga County, Alabama – A truck driver from South Carolina lost his life in a fiery accident with another tractor-trailer Monday afternoon along I-65.
According to Cpl. Jesse Thornton with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), 58-year-old Robert Glenn Atherton died from injuries suffered when his 2020 International tractor-trailer collided with a 2006 Peterbilt big rig that crossed the I-65 median.
Atherton was traveling northbound when the Peterbilt crossed the grassy median and struck Atherton’s semi.
The fatal accident happened at mile marker 195 which is about five miles south of Verbena and nine miles north of Pine Level in northern Autauga County.
Images from the scene reveal the charred and smoldering remains of both vehicles after they burst into flames following the violent collision.
Officials have not released the identity of the other truck driver involved in the crash.
He was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, however.
Investigators have not yet indicated what caused the trucker to lose control and cross the median.
This is an ongoing investigation and Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments and update this article with the latest.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Northbound traffic on I-65 near Clanton around mm195 backed up for a mile because of this overturned semi-truck on fire. Pics ctsy: Collin Gaston pic.twitter.com/jEAQo8ugDB
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