Fog causes accident at highway intersection

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

GALLION &045; A wreck yesterday morning at the junction of U.S. Highway 80 and Alabama Highway 69 sent one man to the hospital.

Foggy conditions that have plagued the area the past several days played a key role in the wreck involving two 18-wheelers at the junction of the two highways going toward Greensboro.

Reese said that Lightsey, 60, from Centerville, due to the low visibility caused by the fog, thought he saw oncoming lights headed in the direction of his 2000 Peterbuilt truck in the westbound lane. He said that the lights were those of Faucett, 40, from Winfield, who was sitting at the sign.

Lightsey’s overturning load dumped itself on the cab of Faucett’s 1999 Kenworth truck and into the road. Both vehicles and their loads received severe damage for the collision. Lightsey was taken to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis for injuries sustained during the accident.

Faucett declined medical assistance and seemed to be fine after the wreck said Reese.

The debris from the wreck caused officers on the scene to close off one lane of Hwy. 80 west and to shut down Hwy. 69 leading to and from the junction.

The roads remained closed

until after 10 a.m. that morning when both trucks could be removed and the debris from the overturned loads were removed from the roads.