The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 1, 2014

BREAKING: Fiery wreck kills 1 in southern Limestone County

By Kim West

— Authorities said an unidentified driver of a pickup truck died early Saturday after a head-on collision with a bridge in southern Limestone County, causing the light-colored vehicle to burst into flames.

According to scanner reports, the wreck was reported at about 3:40 a.m. as “a car versus bridge” with fully involved flames on Old Alabama 20 near Mooresville Road.

Coroner Mike West said the victim was taken to the state forensic lab in Huntsville for identification.

He said the severity of the blaze eliminated the possibility of identifying the truck owner through the vehicle identification number or license plate.

Chief Ron Burgess of Segars Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and said the vehicle, which he described as appearing to be a white Ford pickup, crashed into a bridge over Limestone Creek at a high rate of speed.

“It happened on Old Highway 20 at the first bridge east of Mooresville Road,” Burgess said. “The vehicle was traveling westbound and hit the end of the bridge. There weren’t any skid marks so best we could tell, he or she hit the bridge wide-open.”

Firefighters searched the creek area for other occupants but did not locate any, Burgess said.

“The fire had to be put out and then we used extrication equipment to get into the vehicle to the body, which we couldn’t move it until the coroner arrived,” he said. “We did search the surrounding area because anytime we have an accident like that, we always do a search-and-rescue. You never know if there were other occupants that possibly could have been ejected from the vehicle.”

In addition to Segars, Burgess said Huntsville Fire and Rescue and Hemsi also reported to the scene.