ATTALLA, Ala. (WHNT) – An Etowah County man died after his vehicle hit an 18-wheeler early Monday morning.
Authorities say the crash happened around 2:40 a.m. at mile marker 178 on Interstate 59 in Attalla. Santos Reyes, 26, of Rainbow City died in the crash.
State troopers say Reyes was driving a vehicle north in the southbound lanes and collided with a southbound tractor-trailer. Reyes was not wearing a seat belt, and troopers say alcohol may have been a factor.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt.
Authorities diverted traffic heading south on I-59 to Alabama Highway 11. It got moving again shortly after 9 a.m. Northbound traffic was not impacted.
Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the crash.