SELMER, Tenn. — A 49-year-old Corinth man was killed in a traffic accident on the U.S. 64/45 By-pass in Selmer on Monday morning while he was mowing on the state right-of-way after he was crushed under a load of spilled logs.

The driver of the wrecked log truck was also seriously hurt and was air lifted to The Med in Memphis.

The Selmer Police Department identified the victim as Billy O’Conner, who was killed instantly about 8:50 a.m. while he was mowing beside a safety guardrail on the state highway in a sharp curve which has been the scene of many wrecks over the years when 18-wheelers become overturned.

O’Conner was riding a lawn mower and was found by rescue workers under the load of spilled logs. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the 1997 International truck hauling logs was identified as 56-year-old Curtis Davis of Bells, Tenn. The southbound log truck exited the highway and drove onto the shoulder before overturning, according to a report filed by the Selmer Police Department.

Multiple emergency agencies responded to the accident scene, including McNairy County EMS, Selmer Fire Department, Selmer Police Department and multiple units from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The fatal accident remains under investigation, said Selmer police, who are being assisted by the THP. Charges against the driver are pending.

The wreck area is located at the bottom of a hill on the southbound side of the highway where drivers must take a sharp curve to the left just north of the McNairy County Justice Center near Industrial Park Drive.

Rescue workers also had to extract the truck driver from the cab of the wreckage. The driver was wearing a seatbelt, according to the report. The log truck had major damage.


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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