Trucker Found Dead in Cab After Early Morning Crash Through AutoZone Store
Lufkin, TX – A Missouri trucker is dead after the 18-wheeler he was driving crashed into an AutoZone in Texas early Wednesday morning.
According to the Lufkin Police Department (LPD), the incident occurred around 4:25 a.m.
The driver — identified as 62-year-old Brian Golliday of St. Louis, MO — was traveling south on Timberland Drive when the truck, for unknown reasons, exited the roadway at the Tulane Drive intersection.
LPD said the semi traveled several hundred yards and ripped down power lines before crashing into the AutoZone located at 1009 S. Timberland Drive.
The truck traveled completely through the AutoZone and came to rest in a Kiwanis Park tree line behind a neighboring office building, officials confirmed.
The truck was hauling a load of bananas at the time of the incident.
Police and firefighters tragically located the driver, deceased, still in the truck’s cab upon arriving to the scene.
It is not clear if the driver suffered a medical emergency prior to the accident or died as a result of the crash.
However, Golliday’s family told police he had a history of heart problems.
Firefighters spent half an hour extricating his body from the truck, LPD stated.
Directly following the incident, approximately 900 homes were left without power.
However, as of 6 a.m., all but 26 homes had power restored.
In addition, two vehicles that were in the AutoZone parking lot at the time of the accident sustained damage.
An investigation is underway.
In addition, an autopsy on Golliday has been ordered.