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Fatal accident on I-85 in Opelika claims life of 32-year-old man, stalls traffic for miles

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

An early morning accident about 7:50 a.m. Friday morning on I-85 in Opelika has claimed the life of a Lanett man.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms that 32-year-old Benjamin Rice was traveling south on the interstate when he apparently lost control of his 2004 Ford F-150 pickup overturned and was ejected from the vehicle.

He landed on South Long Street which runs below the interstate. Rice's vehicle appears to be the only vehicle involved.

Opelika Fire and East Alabama Medical Center EMS as well as Lifesaver helicopter responded to the scene.

Rice suffered multiple blunt force impact injuries, which were too severe to be airlifted. He was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center via ambulance where he died from his injuries shortly after arrival at the emergency room. He was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m.

It is unknown at this time whether Rice was wearing his seatbelt, but family members stated he normally did wear a seatbelt. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor.

Rice was on his way to work at the Vet school at Auburn University when the accident happened. No postmortem exam is planned.

Southbound traffic was at a standstill for miles after the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Opelika Police and the Lee County Coroner.

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An early morning accident about 7:50 a.m. Friday morning on I-85 in Opelika has claimed the life of a Lanett man.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms that 32-year-old Benjamin Rice was traveling south on the interstate when he apparently lost control of his 2004 Ford F-150 pickup overturned and was ejected from the vehicle.

He landed on South Long Street which runs below the interstate. Rice's vehicle appears to be the only vehicle involved.

Opelika Fire and East Alabama Medical Center EMS as well as Lifesaver helicopter responded to the scene.

Rice suffered multiple blunt force impact injuries, which were too severe to be airlifted. He was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center via ambulance where he died from his injuries shortly after arrival at the emergency room. He was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m.

It is unknown at this time whether Rice was wearing his seatbelt, but family members stated he normally did wear a seatbelt. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor.

Rice was on his way to work at the Vet school at Auburn University when the accident happened. No postmortem exam is planned.

The accident remains under investigation by the Opelika Police and the Lee County Coroner.

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