Trucker of Almost 50 Years Dies Along With His Dog in Big Rig Crash
Muldrow, OK – A 75-year-old trucker and his dog were tragically killed in single-vehicle accident during the early morning hours on Wednesday.
According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), Clarence Leon Cox (known as “Leon”), 75, of Gallatin, TN, was driving a 2020 Peterbilt westbound on Interstate 40 just east of Sallisaw around 1:50 a.m.
For unknown reasons, the semi traveled off the roadway and several feet down an embankment.
Trooper Tim Parrish with OHP said the wreckage was not discovered until shortly after daybreak when a passerby noticed the accident and notified authorities.
“He was just a few feet from actually going westbound in the eastbound lanes just prior to going off the embankment,” Parrish stated.
OHP said Cox — and his dog, Feller — died at the scene from “massive injuries” sustained in the wreck.
Cox was wearing a seatbelt, officials confirmed.
According to Cox’s sister Peggy Jones, her brother had been a trucker for 49 years.
“[He] loved his job and the people he worked for,” Jones said in a social media post on Thursday.
Cox was a veteran and proudly served his country in Vietnam, according to his sister.