Log truck driver dies in Centre, Alabama

August 31, 2022–1:37 p.m.

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The Cherokee County Coroner has released the name of the log truck driver killed in an accident taking place in Centre, Alabama at around 11:30 Tuesday morning.  

Coroner Paul McDonald said Marvin David Patterson, age 59, from the Piedmont area was pronounced dead at the scene, after apparently suffering a fatal cardiac medical event, which led to the vehicle leaving the road – then colliding with two utility poles, before coming to rest on its side.

The truck, which was fully loaded, appears to have been traveling northbound on Cedar Bluff Road when it left the roadway on the left-hand side – opposite Northwood Drive – taking down the utility poles, in turn ripping down the connected traffic light.

Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship said on Wednesday morning that a new light has been ordered but – but will take several weeks to arrive.  In the meantime, Northwood Drive will be closed and barricades have been installed.

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