One driver ejected, killed and a second seriously injured when two 18-wheelers collide, head-on on Alabama highway

Published 2:27 pm Thursday, May 5, 2022

A crash involving two 18-wheeler trucks that occurred at approximately midnight Thursday, May 5, has claimed the life of an Alabama man.

Leslie Wayne Deloach, 45, of Prattville, was fatally injured when the 1990 Kenworth semi-truck he was driving failed to stop at a stop sign before making a right turn onto U.S. 80 east and then colliding head-on with a 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Jay Hardy, 54, of Flower Mound, Texas.

Deloach was not using a seat belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle, Alabama troopers reported.

He was transported to Baptist South Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Hardy also was transported to Baptist South with serious injuries.

The crash occurred on U.S. 80 west near the 122-mile marker, in Montgomery County.

The accident remains under investigation, state troopers said.