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One Dead, One Injured In 18-Wheeler Crash/Fire

Grand Bay, AL (WKRG) -- One man is dead another is hurt following a fiery truck crash in front of the Alabama Welcome Center at the Mississippi State line. While the investigation continues, we have some idea of what may have happened.  Looking at the aftermath of this wreck, you can hardly tell there was ever a cab pulling cargo.

"Sad, just sad, it's a terrible thing that happened," said a passing traveler named Forrest.  It appears the truck veered off the interstate and, instead of turning into the parking lot at the welcome center, hopped the curb.  It hit a number of trees along the way.  The truck hit one final tree dead center and burst into flames.  The collision was so powerful it nearly uprooted a roughly century-old tree.

"They've been here a long time, they don't give too easy and as you can tell right here that truck was going pretty fast when it hit that tree," said Grand Bay Fire Chief Grayling Christian.  The Welcome Center sees hundreds of visitors a day.  Many paused to have a look at the smoldering wreckage.

"I drive trucks but that right there, I don't understand how that could have happened. I've seen some bad accidents but this is the first one I've ever seen like this," said truck driver Phillip Tucker.  Travelers say at least the crash happened off the interstate.

"It's very disturbing and disheartening to run across something like that," said Thomas McCoy who was on his way to Dothan.

The truck was carrying hundreds of pounds of meals ready to eat that also burst out of the cargo trailer on impact.   The cause of the crash still under investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. It's not clear if the man who died at the scene was also driving the truck at the time of the crash or was the passenger in the truck. Mobile Police say 34-year-old Bisrat A. Tekle, from Seattle Washington, is the passenger who was injured in the accident.  Mobile Police have not identified the man who passed away.


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