The Lee County coroner has identified the man who was killed when his tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline overturned on U.S. 280/431 Wednesday afternoon.
Charles Michael Stoker of Opelika was pronounced dead at 1:08 p.m. in the emergency room at The Medical Center from multiple blunt force injuries he suffered after he swerved to miss a small car and his truck overturned in a ditch near the intersection of U.S. 280/431 and Lee Road 379, coroner Bill Harris said.
The driver of the small white passenger car, a woman, was not injured and drove away.
A description of the driver has not been released, but Martha Earnhardt, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation said state troopers have identified the car as a 1995 Buick Regal.
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Charges against the other driver are speculative at this point, Earnhardt said, and troopers are considering the accident a one-vehicle crash.
The passenger car was traveling south on Lee Road 379 when it pulled out and stopped in front of the truck, which was traveling west on the highway.
Stoker, 47, swerved and lost control of his rig, causing it to overturn.
The tanker spilled approximately 6,000 gallons of gasoline on the roadway when it overturned and troopers closed off 280/431 most of the afternoon to clean up the mess.
Stoker's body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensics in Montgomery for an autopsy. The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers, the Lee County coroner and the Alabama Department of Forensics