Crane Hill man ID’d as victim in Thursday night crash in Hanceville


HANCEVILLE – A Crane Hill man was killed, and another person injured, Thursday night when a pick-up truck and 18-wheeler collided at what Hanceville residents say is a notoriously dangerous intersection. Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick identified the victim as Burshel Eugene Boatrite, 74.

The incident occurred around 5:05 p.m. at Alabama Highway 91 and Edmondson Road, according to Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail.

“An 18-wheeler was traveling west on Alabama Highway 91,” said Nail, “and a small pick-up truck was pulling out of Edmondson Road South and ran under the 18-wheeler, ejecting at least one person.”

Boatrite, the driver of the pick-up truck, died shortly after being transported to UAB Hospital, confirmed Kilpatrick. The other occupant of the pick-up was transferred to an area hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not physically injured.

Members of Hanceville Fire and Rescue and the Hanceville Police Department worked the scene.

Nail expressed frustration about the “dangerous intersection,” Thursday night, asking, “How many people have to die before something is done?”

The mayor said the City has requested a red light at the intersection, but was told there was not enough cross traffic to warrant one. He said the City has even offered to pay for the light.  

Highway 91 was closed down for about three hours following the incident.

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