Identity of driver killed in Tuesday Limestone County crash released

Identity of driver killed in Tuesday Limestone County crash released
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Update: The driver of a 2016 Dodge Ram involved in a fatal crash Tuesday has now been identified.

Joey Steven Ward, age 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash one mile east of Athens.

ALEA Troopers continue to investigate. No further details are available at this time.

Original: A fatal single-vehicle wreck is under investigation.

Limestone County Coroner Mike West said a driver lost control on Mooresville Road in Belle Mina Tuesday afternoon. West said the vehicle hit a tree and burst into flames.

The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, was killed.

West said the driver is burned beyond recognition and the body will have to be sent to the state forensics lab for identification. The driver’s gender could not even be determined.

He said they will most likely have to use DNA analysis since no dental work could be pulled from wreck.

A witness said it was a truck that was speeding just past Mina Railroad South railroad crossing when it lost control, hit her brick walkway and went airborne before hitting the tree and exploding. She said the truck exploded four more times.

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