Alabama man killed after his car hit a tractor-trailer so hard it knocked wheels off trailer

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A Montgomery man was killed Sunday morning when the 2003 Honda Accord he was driving collided with a 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

James E. Brasher, 68, the lone occupant of the Accord, was killed in the collision, which occurred at approximately 10:06 a.m. on Sunday near Allstate Beverage on U.S. Highway 231.

“According to witnesses, the 2003 Honda Accord was traveling southbound on U.S. 231 when it crossed the median and struck the trailer attached to the 2020 Freightliner truck,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr.

The driver of the Freightliner was uninjured. The collision separated the back wheels of the tractor-trailer from the trailer.

Northbound traffic had to be diverted into the southbound lanes of U.S. 231 for several hours while officers completed their investigation and debris was cleared from the roadway.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Troy Police Department with assistance from ALEA, The Pike County Coroner’s Office, The Pike County District Attorney’s Office and The Alabama Department of Forensic Science.