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Stranded trucker fatally struck on I-81 in Kingsport

Kingsport Times News • Dec 10, 2018 at 11:28 AM

KINGSPORT — Sunday’s snow storm proved fatal for a truck driver from Alabama, according to police, as his tractor trailer became disabled along Interstate 81 in Kingsport, then he was struck by a skidding SUV as he walked along the shoulder.

The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The Kingsport Police Department reports that in northbound lanes near exit 66, a tractor trailer became disabled and the driver exited his cab to walk off of Interstate. Meanwhile, a passing 2007 Dodge Journey hit a patch of slush and snow. The driver lost control, swerved right and fatally hit the pedestrian.

Kingsport police have identified the victim as William James Taylor, 58, of Robertsdale, Alabama. Read more about the fatal crash from our partners at the Kingsport Times News.

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