LOXLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — UPDATE (11/12 8:55 a.m.) — The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Emmett McNider II of Robertsdale. He was known by friends and family as Mackie McNider aka “Smoke Dogg.”
UPDATE (7:55 p.m.) — Highway 59 is back open after a deadly crash Monday afternoon in Loxley.
UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) One person is confirmed dead in a major crash that shut down Highway 59.
Police say it appears an 18-wheeler was avoiding a pickup truck that was traveling southbound on Highway 59, according to witnesses, but ultimately struck truck head-on.
The driver of the pick-up truck died at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler is OK.
Highway 59 will be shut down from County Road 55 to Hinote Glass Road for at least two more hours.
An accident shut down part Highway 59 to traffic Monday afternoon just south of County Road 55.
According to reports, the 18-wheeler involved was headed northbound on Hwy. 59 when it crossed over into the southbound lanes. Reportedly, the driver or passenger in another vehicle involved was trapped inside one of the vehicles.
Responders on scene say 175 gallons of fuel also spilled at the wreck from a fuel tank rupture.
This is a developing story.