Man dies while trying to help truck driver

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - A man fell from I-65 into the Cahaba River when he tried to assist truck driver whose cabin was ablaze.

42-year-old Joseph Brent Mitchell was traveling southbound about a half-mile north of the Valleydale Road exit when he saw the truck fire. He jumped over the retaining wall to get to the fire unknowing of the waterway below. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hoover Police say all lanes of I-65 northbound have been closed, and only 1 lane of I-65 southbound is open near the accident.

The truck driver was not injured in the incident.

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