Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer was driving home on Interstate 10 after helping clean up Hurricane Ian in Florida. The Sun Herald confirmed that he had died late Tuesday night.
Frank Collar, 58, was driving westbound in a Freightliner with a flatbed with two truck vehicles on the side of the interstate near mile marker 28 around 11 p.m. Switzer said he hit another 18-wheeler parked in
Culler’s 18-wheeler was pushed into a ravine and hit several trees before coming to a halt. His other 18-wheeler was also pushed off the interstate.
Switzer said the rig Culler was driving after the crash caught fire after a fuel tank burst.
Culler was a native of St. Amant, Louisiana, located just south of Baton Rouge in Ascension Parish. Switzer said he was heading to his employer’s office in Covington in a truck vehicle to help clean up the sand and debris left by Hurricane Ian.
Switzer said Culler died at the scene from blunt force trauma. One of his 18-wheeler drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
I-10, heading west from mile marker 28 to the Menge Avenue exit at Pass Christian, was closed from approximately 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality cleared a gas spill.
Harrison County Fire and Rescue, Gulfport Fire Department, and the U.S. Air Force Combat Readiness Training Center also responded to the scene.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating.
This story was originally published October 19, 2022 at 11:38 AM.