Authorities Identify Driver Killed in Indiana Crash as Georgia Trucker
CLARK COUNTY, IN. – September 28, 2018 (wave3.com) Authorities have identified the driver killed in a September 27 tractor-trailer crash in Indiana as a trucker from Georgia. The story is reported online at wave3.com.*
The week of September 24, 65-year-old truck driver Roger Cole, of Gainesville, Georgia, delivered a load from Atlanta, Georgia, to Ohio, then drove his 1999 International semi-tractor to Indiana, just north of Louisville, Kentucky, to pick up another load that was bound for Atlanta. On September 27, Cole was entering Interstate 65 South from Interstate 265 West, when the weight of his load shifted. His tractor-trailer reportedly overturned on the interstate ramp, and he was killed in the collision.
According to another report from 13wmaz.com, Cole turned had turned 65 just days before the accident. On September 21, he celebrated his birthday and a life full of family and friends and working at a job he loved. Cole had been driving a commercial truck for Pilgrim Trucking Company of Cleveland, Georgia, for 10 years. Cole’s wife, Angelia, said he had no plans of retiring because he loved the road and felt like the people at Pilgrim were a second family.
Investigators in Clark County, Indiana, are working to determine what happened. Reports indicate Cole was carrying two steel coils, which would have placed the truck’s total weight close to its maximum capacity of 80,000 pounds. Lawrence Pilgrim, owner of Pilgrim Trucking, said Cole was a “good man, a good trucker” and said he had been in touch with Indiana State Police and was waiting to hear more about the circumstances of the accident.
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