Troopers identify man hit, killed while helping stranded friend on Highway 31

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - One person died while trying to help a friend whose car broke down. It happened around 1:15 this morning on Highway 31, just north of Calhoun Community College in Limestone County.

State troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency say Dean Bumpus, 49 of Decatur, had stopped on the side of the road with his truck and a car hauler, planning to pick up his friend's broken down car.  They say Bumpus was getting out of the truck when the driver of another pickup side-swiped the truck and hit the man. They say the man was killed instantly.

Traffic on Highway 31 was blocked for several hours while troopers investigated, but is now back to normal.

We don't know yet if any charges will be filed.