A West Virginia man was killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Miller County Monday afternoon after a semi tractor’s load of logs came loose onto the highway.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Franklin Alford, 76, of Harrison, West Virginia was pronounced deceased at 2:36 p.m. June 25, 2018 by Miller County Coroner Tim Bradley at the scene of the four-vehicle crash. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on Highway 17, 600 feet north of Saline Road, northeast of Tuscumbia.
The incident started when a northbound 2003 International semi tractor crossed the center line and was struck by a southbound 1994 Mack dump truck, the preliminary crash report stated. The International was being driven by Greg E. Mathis, 46, of Oak Ford, Illinois; the dump truck by Jonathan L. Hensley, 35, of Clarksburg, Missouri.
In the collision, the International’s load became unsecured and logs began falling onto the roadway, according to the MSHP.
A southbound 2000 Dodge Ram pickup was struck by the logs and was forced off the right side of the roadway, the report stated, where it struck a tree and a fence. Alford was the driver of the pickup.
The logs also struck a southbound 2018 Nissan Versa on the southbound side of the roadway. The Nissan was driven by Seth C. Graves, 44, of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
No other injuries were reported from the wreck.
The pickup and dump truck were both described as totaled while the semi had moderate damage and the Nissan minor damage.
The report indicated all the drivers were wearing seatbelts.
This was MSHP Troop F region’s fifth fatality in June and its 27th in 2018.
A major crash investigation unit from the highway patrol assisted with the investigation of the accident.