UPDATED at 7:57 AM... 06:39 AM Traffic Fatality Highway 431 and County Road 11 AbbevilleRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 19 2021 6:42 AM
ABBEVILLE - HENRY COUNTY: 06:39 AM Well over an hour ago Abbeville - Henry County 911 dispatched a serious motor vehicle accident.
The accident is Highway 431 and County Road 11.
The accident involves a semi and a vehicle. Confirmed one fatality on the scene.
UPDATED @7:25 AM with Press Release
DOTHAN POST -- A single-vehicle crash at approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, a tractor trailer ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Subsequently, the vehicle caught on fire and was completely engulfed.
The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 431 near the 47-mile marker, approximately 5 miles north of Abbeville, in Henry County. As a result, several lanes of U.S. Highway 431 are closed, and traffic is being diverted around the scene by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) while it is cleared.
Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.
UPDATED @ 7:57 AM
Henry County Sheriff Deputies, ALEA - Troopers, Abbeville Fire, Abbeville EMS, Screamer Fire and Shorterville Fire are on the scene of the accident.
The call came in about 2:35 AM this morning. A southbound semi left the right side of the roadway and crashed. The semi appeared to be transporting medical supplies.
The tractor was fully engulfed on the arrival of emergency units. In fact the inside the trailer is still burning in areas. Due to the contents it is hard to extinguish.
Mr. Tommy Ferguson of Ferguson Wrecker has two large vehicle wreckers on the scene attempting to get the semi out.
Henry County Coroner Derek Wright responded. He was on the scene about 5 hours in working with the emergency responders on removing the victim of the crash from the wreckage. Those on the scene reported that Coroner Wright was actively involved in assisting the emergency responders in extricating and removing the victim.
ALEA - Troopers are the primary investigating agency.
Alabama Forestry Commission responded because of the fire in the woods and the medical supplies thrown into the woods.
Henry County Emergency Management did not respond.
HENRY COUNTY COMMISSION the deputies were to get off at 8 AM. It is 8:08 AM and they are still on the scene, serving the public, keeping the roadways safe while the wrecker service does their job. Remember when appropriating money who is dedicated to the service of the public when emergencies strike.