A Mississippi farmer is dead after a logging truck collided with his pickup truck. The driver of the logging truck was hospitalized for his injuries. The crash occurred the morning of June 7. The man who died was delivering strawberries from his family farm. News video of the aftermath of the crash shows the crumpled remains of the pickup truck.
The intersection where the crash occurred, Highway 302 and Cayce, has seen its share of collisions, in part because of how many factories are in the area. One man who witnessed this fatal crash said, "This happens almost every week. In the last three weeks there's been some serious accidents." He said that the morning hours between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., when this crash occurred, are among the most dangerous times there. The late afternoon/early evening commute hours, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., are also dangerous.
The man who perished in the crash was well-known and remembered fondly by those in the community. Just the night before he was killed, he had been working at his church. One local man said, "People coming in here from Tennessee were always asking, 'How do I get to Brownlee farms?' We were forever giving directions." The farmer had been interviewed by a local news station last year after a tornado ripped through the area.
It was not reported whether the surviving driver has been cited for any violations as a result of the collision, or who had the right of way when the two trucks collided.
Police investigations following vehicle crashes can provide vital evidence that help not only law enforcement, but victims and surviving family members seeking compensation that can help them move forward.
Source: WREG News Channel 3, "One dead, one injured after log truck collides with strawberry truck," Shay Arthur and David Royer, June 07, 2018