Franklin Alford of Harrison West Virginia is Killed in a Miller County, Four Vehicle Crash Involving a Semi-Tractor Trailer and a Dump Truck

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Miller County, MO-

A West Virginia man died in a terrible 4 vehicle crash Monday afternoon, according to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The report states that Franklin Alford, 76, of Harrison, West Virginia was driving a pickup truck when it was forced from Highway 17, when a semi-tractor and trailer hauling logs, crashed into a dump truck. Alford’s 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck was hit by logs, causing him to crash into a fence and tree. Alford died at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol’s report.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report also stated that Greg Mathis, 46, of Oak Ford, Illinois, who was hauling the logs, crossed the center line and hit the 1994 Mack dump truck, driven by Jonathan Hensley, 35, of Clarksburg, Missouri.

A fourth driver, Seth Graves, 44, of Fort Leonard Wood, MO, was injured when logs hit his 2018 Nissan Versa.

The original report that came in was just after 2:00pm on Monday June 25th, from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, that a major crash on Highway 17 just north of Saline Road, had the highway completely shut down.

The accident was investigated by Tpr. TC Fick, 787, and was assisted by the Major Crash Investigation Unit’s Sgt. HA Sears, 1200, and Sgt. GD Ward, 1189. The report number for this accident is 180384126.

Mr. Alford was declared deceased at the scene at approximately 2:36 p.m. by Miller County Coroner, Tim Bradley.

We express our condolences and deepest sympathy for the Alford family.


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Franklin Alford’s family may have a claim against the insurance company that insures the tractor trailer that Greg Mathis was driving, Auto Owners Insurance. It is common in most cases that victims can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.

An experienced, serious injury and wrongful death attorney will advise the family of Mr. Alford and manage their claim against the big insurance company. The attorney will protect their interests, so the family of Mr. Alford can focus on their recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of Mr. Alford’s family.

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