Trucking company tries to find family of man found dead in crash


An official with a Florida-based trucking company is trying to find the family of a trucker found dead in a crash Saturday night, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said.

A body believed to be the driver was found in the wreckage after an 18-wheeler ran off the road Saturday night on Interstate 10.

"The truck took out some trees," Faulk said. "It's the worst damage to a truck I've ever seen."

Faulk said he worked through the night to find the company that owns the truck. The vice-president of BM Logistics, based in St. Petersburg, is trying to determine where the driver's family lives, Faulk said.

Once a next of kin is found, a law enforcement agency in that area will send an officer to notify them, he said.

Faulk said the 18-wheeler was traveling eastbound when the crash occurred, causing the trailer to jackknife and spill its load onto the roadway.

“It looks like (the driver) never even touched the breaks,” Faulk said. The coroner said it’s unclear if the man died in the crash or had a medical issue that led to the crash.

It appears the truck was loaded with black and white silicone beads, Faulk said.

Faulk said the crash occurred sometime before 9:20 p.m.

It is the second fatal wreck Saturday on I-10 along the Coast. A 50-year-old D’Iberville man was killed early Saturday morning after being hit by a car on Interstate 10 as he was trying to flag down help for his stalled car.