One killed in fiery 18-wheeler accident

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) A three-vehicle crash Thursday, May 22, claimed the life of a driver of a tractor-trailer.

Alabama State Troopers said the driver was killed when the vehicle he was driving hit the rear of a 2007 Freightliner that was stopped for another accident.

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_facebook_1824480836_The identification of the driver is pending, as is the vehicle identification, because of fire.

The driver of the Freightliner suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to North Baldwin Hospital.

A third vehicle suffered minor damage from crash debris.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Interstate 65 (northbound) at the 27 mile marker, five miles north of Creola on the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge.

During a news conference with the Alabama Department of Transportation, they said there is some structural damage that will require closure for repairs. They said they are hoping to have one northbound lane open by 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25. They added contractors are on the way to the scene to assess the damage.

ALDOT said in June, the southbound lanes of I-65 will be opened for northbound and southbound traffic flow during repairs.

Nothing further is available at this time as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate. An update will be released once positive identification is made.

The Alabama Department of Transportation will  provide updates on the road closure.

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