MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — UPDATE: 11:38 A.M. 8/31 — State troopers have identified the victim of the fatal crash on the Bayway on Friday as 64-year-old Estrelita Tuazon Naranja of Pensacola, Fla.
James Powell, 59, of Robertsdale, was driving the 2011 International truck.
UPDATE 5 p.m.: Alabama State Troopers released the following new information on the fatal Bayway accident.
“At approximately 5:26 a.m. on Friday, August 30, Alabama State Troopers were notified of a traffic incident on the I-10 Bayway near the 34.4-mile marker. A 2010 Ford Fusion was eastbound when, for reason(s) that remain under investigation, it experienced a disabling event and came to rest near the inside retaining wall. The driver of the Ford activated the emergency flashers and exited the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, a 2011 International truck collided with the rear of the Ford. During the crash, the victim—who was previously driving the Ford—went over the retaining wall and into the Blakeley River area of the Mobile delta. The truck, which was contracted to carry U.S. mail, caught fire and was completely burned; its driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim was recovered by Marine Patrol Troopers a short time later and pronounced dead at the scene. No further information is available as troopers continue to investigate. “
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: The box truck involved in the fatal crash this morning was a United States Postal Service mail truck.
USPS says all of the mail was destroyed. First-class letter mail and priority mail destined for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores will be affected.
UPDATE 7:07 a.m.: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has released the following statement on the Bayway crash:
Shortly before 5:30 a.m., we were notified of a crash on I-10 eastbound near 35 mile marker. It involves a commercial vehicle that caught fire and a passenger vehicle. Traffic is currently being diverted at exit 30. The fire is out and they are working to get one lane open ASAP. One victim was thrown into the water and has since been recovered by Marine Patrol. They are deceased.Lt. Joe Piggott, ALEA
A box truck hit a stalled vehicle about a mile before the Daphne Spanish Fort exit around the 35-mile marker at about 5:30 a.m.
UPDATE: A person has been recovered from the water near the Bayway. We’re working to learn their condition. Our crew on scene did see an ambulance with its lights on rush from the scene down the Causeway.
A vehicle fire shut down the eastbound lanes of the Bayway Friday morning.
The fire happened at about 5:30 a.m. before the Daphne exit. A medical helicopter has been called to the scene.
One person is possibly over the side of the bridge and there is currently a search of the water underneath the Bayway for that person.
Traffic is being diverted to the Causeway from the Bayway.