The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 76-year-old driver from West Virginia was killed after he was forced off the road by falling logs.

The Kansas City Star reports that the multi-vehicle collision occurred Monday afternoon on Missouri 17, north of Miller County. Authorities say Franklin Alford of Harrison, West Virginia, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway patrol says a semi-trailer truck hauling the logs was going northbound when it crossed the center line and hit a dump truck heading southbound. It’s unclear what caused the truck to veer to the center.

The logs struck Alford’s truck, which then swerved off the road and struck a tree. The logs also hit another vehicle.

No other injuries were reported. A crash report says all drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

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