A semi-trailer driver has died after striking a grain trailer south of Billings, east of Enid. The accident occurred at 3:37 a.m. Tuesday at U.S. 412 and County Road 30, 1 mile east and 9.5 miles south of Billings in Noble County, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report. A 48-foot grain trailer disconnected from a 2012 Kenworth driven by 38-year-old Randy Bailey, of Billings, after the truck turned from County Road 30 onto westbound U.S. 412. The trailer came to a rest crosswise in the roadway, the report states. A 2014 Freightliner, driven by Joel Goodman, 48, of Valley Mills, Texas, was traveling west on U.S. 412 and struck the center of the grain trailer. Goodman was pinned in the vehicle until being freed at 6:05 a.m. by Perry and Garber Fire Departments. He was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries, according to the report.
Airbags deployed in Goodman’s vehicle, and he was wearing a seatbelt, the report states. The cause of the accident, and the condition of the driver are still under investigation, according to the report. Initially, both lanes of westbound U.S. 412 were closed in the area. One westbound lane had reopened by 3:30 p.m., Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cody Boyd said. Both lanes were reopened by 6 p.m. According to an OHP notification about the road closure, one of the trucks was hauling dry fertilizer that dumped on the roadway.