Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said Danny Michael Corkren, 50, of Brillant, was pronounced dead on the scene of an accident that occurred Friday around 2:15 on the westbound side on I-22 just after the Industrial Boulevard exit in Jasper.
“The 18-wheeler Mr. Corkron was driving reportedly left the roadway, went down an steep embankment and rolled several times before coming to rest in a creek at the bottom of the ravine,” Poe said. “Mr. Corkron apparently died from the injuries he sustained after being thrown from the vehicle.”
Witnesses on the scene said they watched the tanker leave the roadway and Corkron was ejected as it rolled several times. One witness said he believed he saw a tire on the truck blow before the fatal crash.
Several area agencies responded to the scene. Members of the Jasper Fire Department, Regional Paramedical Services, Jasper Police Department, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Troopers were on the scene only minutes after the accident.
Fuel leaked into the creek where the tanker came to a rest. The Boldo and Saragossa volunteer fire departments were called for mutal aid to bring booms to help contain the spill. Several other agencies worked late into the evening to search for evidence of the fuel in other areas.
Alabama State Troopers are investigating the accident.