Alabama Man Killed in Jackson County Crash

By: News Email
By: News Email

An Alabama man was killed in a crash on I-10 in Jackson County around 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

Randy Bates, 38, of Gallion, Alabama was westbound on I-10 near mile marker 158.

Bates was driving a commercial truck towing a flatbed trailer loaded with rolls and panels of wire.

Bates ran off the road, crossed the median and both eastbound lanes then onto the eastbound shoulder.

The truck flipped and the items Bates was transporting were strewn all over the road.

Jackson County Fire Rescue pronounced him dead on scene.

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  • by Tiffany Location: Decatur,Al on Nov 28, 2011 at 09:26 PM
    So sadden by this tragic accident. He is truly missed but will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to his family.
  • by Tiffany Location: Decatur,Al on Nov 28, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    I am so hurt to read about this tragic accident. Randy was a dear friend of mind and he will be truly missed but never forgortten. It's still hard to go through my day to day activites without wondering what he's doing or what city he is traveling to then I sit back and cry because he's no longer here. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his family.
  • by Anon Location: Alford on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    There was a man, a very good man, from Jackson County, that lost his life in an auto accident in Jackson County. His name is Michael Daniels. He was a very great man who was very much liked and is from this community. He will be missed very much by so many. Not to take away from any other person....just seems this would have been covered.
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      by Candice on Nov 21, 2011 at 05:55 PM in reply to Anon
      Well as much as i'm sure the news would like, they cannot cover everything. The man killed in this accident is my uncle. He is very much loved and will be missed by many as well. I think that you should have kept this comment to yourself. News coverage gets covered all over he place local or not. I am in Michigan and I hear news from Florida all the time and it does not bother me one bit. I feel if you or anyone had a comment it should only have been your condolences to the family. ANY life lost is worth mentioning.
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        by Karen on Nov 27, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Candice
        Dear Candice, My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your uncle. We were just behind his truck on I-10 when the accident happened and immediately called 911 and stopped to see if we could help. My husband and two other men, one a paramedic, were the first to reach the truck just after the accident, but the paramedic said there was no pulse. We were directly behind his truck just prior to the accident. We were westbound, on the inside lane, and he was just ahead of us, to our right, on the outside lane. He weaved just a little, then made a sharp left turn across our lane in front of us, across the median, across the two eastbound lanes (thankfully, no one was there at the time), and then on into the grass on the other side of the interstate where his truck flipped. It happened so very quickly... We were directly behind him but did not see any signs of a blown tire, at least within our view, nor did we ever see his brake lights come on as he crossed the median and the other lanes. For these reasons - and because he made such a sharp turn across 3 lanes and a median - we think there must have been some kind of medical emergency. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I know there is nothing I can say that can take away your loss, especially at this time of year. I hope that it will bring you some comfort to know that concerned and caring citizens were there almost immediately to offer help and that, I'm sure, many prayers were being said for your uncle and your family at the time. With sincere sympathy, Karen
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