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Mountain Trucker Killed In Accident

A trucker from Lake Toxaway was killed Tuesday night in an accident in Durham.

Kenneth Lyle Anders was pronounced dead at the scene around 9 p.m., after his 18-wheeler hit a bridge pillar on I-85 North.

Officials say speed nor alcohol were factors in the wreck. Witnesses said the Anders' semi-truck suddenly swerved from the center lane and slammed into the pillar.

Anders had been carrying a load of tomatoes to Henderson, N.C. for B&A Hyder trucking company, where he had been employed since 1998.

Coworkers said Anders was a quiet, kind and thoughtful man. Thursday many declined to be interviewed, saying they were too upset.

The accident marks the first fatality for B&A Hyder, which is located in Hendersonville and employs about 40 people. The company's been in business since the '60s.

By Ashlea Surles
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