A Texas truck driver died in Monroe County on I-475 in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 15 after jackknifing his truck into another driver, landing on its side.

At about 5:13 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that an 18-wheeler had struck a passenger vehicle on I-475 southbound near mile marker 12. 

Upon arrival, deputies found an 18-wheeler on its side off the road and a single passenger vehicle with damage. Preliminary investigation shows that the 18-wheeler was traveling southbound when it hit the passenger vehicle, jackknifed and slid off the roadway on its side resulting in the death of the driver of the 18-wheeler. Monroe County Emergency Services pronounced the driver dead on the scene. The driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to Navicent for minor injuries. 

911 calls to Bibb County, minutes prior to the accident, suggest that the passenger vehicle was disabled and sitting in the far left lane at the time of the accident. It is unclear at this time whether the vehicle had been moved to the emergency lane at the time of impact.