Kentucky man killed in Friday morning Interstate 55 wreck near Fruitland

Sunday, November 6, 2011
The driver of this tractor-trailer owned by Potashnick Transportation Inc. of Sikeston, Mo., was killed in an accident with a tractor-trailer owned by Gilster-Mary Lee on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 on Interstate 55, in the southbound lanes at the 105 mile marker near Fruitland. (Fred Lynch)

A Friday morning crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 55 near Fruitland led to the death of a Kentucky man.

Randy E. Stewart, 55, of Barlow, Ky., died of blunt force trauma at the scene, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said.

The crash happened when Stewart's tractor-trailer rear-ended another in the southbound lanes near the Fruitland exit. The driver of the other tractor-trailer was unharmed.

Stewart's tractor-trailer was lying on its side and debris was scattered around the area. Some of the debris was coating for fried chicken, according to emergency responders at the scene.

The crash partially closed I-55 near the Fruitland exit for several hours. The accident happened a short distance north of an area where investigators are searching along the highway looking for clues in the disappearance of Jacque Waller, who was last seen June 1 in Jackson.

The Jackson Police Department investigated the crash. A police spokesman didn't return calls seeking more information on the crash Friday.

Pertinent address:

Fruitland, MO

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