Benjamin Rice, 32, killed, after his pickup overturns on the I-85 overpass in Opelika, and he is ejected onto the roadway below in Opelika, Alabama

Modified Date: 
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:34pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Driver tossed from Interstate 85 in Opelika dies.

The driver of a vehicle thrown from an interstate overpass in Opelika Friday morning has died, Opelika police confirm. Benjamin Rice, 32, of Lanett, was not wearing his seatbelt as he drove to his job at Auburn University, information from Opelika police and the county coroner suggests.
The driver of a vehicle thrown from an interstate overpass in Opelika Friday morning has died, Opelika police confirm. Benjamin Rice, 32, of Lanett, was not wearing his seatbelt as he drove to his job at Auburn University, information from Opelika police and the county coroner suggests. Around 7:50a ct, Rice was driving southbound on Interstate 85 when his 2004 Ford F-150 flipped near the highway's overpass with South Long Street. The vehicle came to rest on the bridge's guardrail. "The driver was apparently thrown from the vehicle during the roll-over, went over the guardrail, and was located on South Long Street under the bridge," Captain K.C. Foxe says in a news release. Rice was taken to East Alabama Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries around 8:30a ct. "Rice’s injuries were too severe to be airlifted and he was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center via ambulance where he died from his injuries shortly after arrival at the emergency room," Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says in a news release. Harris says Rice suffered multiple blunt force impact injuries. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, according to Harris. Rice worked at the Veterinary School at Auburn University, according to Harris. No autospy is planned at this time.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Benjamin Rice
Roadway: 
I-85

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