Mobile man killed when log truck hits tree limb

The cab was torn apart when it hit the limb seen in the background.

News Staff Report

An unidentified 52-year-old log truck driver from Mobile was killed in a single-vehicle crash that happened April 22 on Fla. Highway 97, just outside Atmore.
Florida Highway Patrol reports show the truck, pulling an empty trailer, was northbound, just north of Nokomis Road, at about 6:20 a.m. when it inexplicably left the roadway.
The tractor-trailer reportedly struck several mailboxes, continued up a small driveway culvert, then went airborne and collided with a thick tree limb that overhangs the highway. The collision tore the rig’s cab apart, and the mangled semi, its trailer still attached, came to rest about 30 yards past the point of impact.
According to reports, the victim was taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead. FHP does not release the names of accident victims.
Atmore News staffers Josh Frye, Ditto Gorme and Don Fletcher contributed to this article.