ALDOT employee killed in Sumter County crash Monday

A two-vehicle crash at 10:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, claimed the life of a York man and injured another. Tonnie Bernard Watkins, 52, an on-duty Alabama Department of Transportation employee was seriously injured when the International dump truck he was driving was struck in a construction zone by a 2014 International Prostar driven by James Godbolt Jr., 28, of Mullins, S.C.

Watkins was transported to Hill Hospital in York, where he was pronounced dead. Godbolt was transported to Rush Hospital in Meridian, Miss., for treatment of his injuries. The crash occurred on Interstate 59 near the 19.5 mile marker, approximately two and a half miles north of Livingston. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.