An Escambia County woman died in a crash involving a contract mail truck Friday on the I-10 Bayway in Baldwin County.
Alabama troopers said 64-year-old Estrelita Tuazon Naranja of Pensacola was eastbound in a 2010 Ford Fusion when it experienced a “disabling event” and came to rest near the inside retaining wall. Naranja activated the emergency flashers and exited the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, a 2011 International truck driven by 59-year old James Powell of Robertsdale collided with the rear of the Ford. During the crash, Naranja went over the bridge retaining wall and into the Blakeley River area of the Mobile delta. Her body was recovered by Alabama Marine Police.
The truck, which was contracted to carry U.S. Mail, caught fire and was destroyed. Powell was transported to an area hospital.
The crash, included why Naranja’s vehicle was disabled, remains under investigation by Alabama troopers.