Trucker And His Dog Perish in Fiery Crash With Car Disabled From Hit-And-Run
Nashville, TN – An Arkansas trucker and his dog perished in a fiery crash with a disabled vehicle along a Nashville interstate Thursday morning.
The incident occurred shortly before 6 a.m in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the Briley Parkway interchange.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD), the deadly crash happened shortly following a hit-and-run accident involving a 2007 Toyota Camry and a white full size pickup truck.
The driver of the Camry, identified as 45-year-old Ayoub Riad, told investigators the pickup truck struck his vehicle leaving it disabled and in the roadway.
An MNPD spokesperson indicated Riad then exited his car and ran to the shoulder while the driver of the pickup truck fled the scene.
A short time later a tractor-trailer operated by 54-year-old Archie Lester of Little Rock, AR, collided with the disabled Camry, causing the rig to overturn onto its driver’s side and burst into flames.
Emergency crews dispatched to the scene found both Lester and his dog deceased inside the semi-truck, MNPD confirmed to local news outlets.
A HazMat team was also called to contain a substantial diesel fuel spill.
The crash backed up traffic for several hours.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help to find the driver of the white pickup truck.
Further, the police indicated the truck likely has front end damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615) 742-7463.
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