Truck driver dies in collision

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, November 3, 2012

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One person lost his life in an unusual, three-vehicle accident early Thursday morning that left portions of U.S. 287 south of Rhome shut down for six hours.

SHUT DOWN – An early morning wreck left one man dead and shut down U.S. 287 for about six hours Thursday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

DPS Trooper Lonny Haschel said an 18-wheeler was crossing 287 South at Ramhorn Hill Road, attempting to turn into the northbound lanes, when it was clipped by another 18-wheeler traveling southbound at about 5 a.m.

The impact caused the driver of the southbound 18-wheeler, which was a rock truck, to lose control, and he was ejected in the southbound lanes. His truck continued traveling driverless on U.S. 287 South, over the center median and across the northbound lanes before coming to rest in the east ditch of 287 North where it caught fire.

While that was happening, the ejected driver was hit by multiple vehicles traveling southbound. The first driver to hit him lost control of his pickup, crossed the median and came to rest just 30 feet from the 18-wheeler in the ditch of the northbound lanes.

That pickup driver was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with non-life threatening injuries. The identities of those involved had not been released by DPS as of press time Friday.

The highway was shut down until about 11 a.m. as the fatal accident was investigated. In addition to DPS troopers, Rhome Fire Department and Boyd Police Department also responded to the scene.

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