A driver is dead after an accident involving an 18-wheeler occurred Friday around 1:20 p.m. on U.S. 69 South at Alta Street.

The driver of a pickup heading north was acting as a trailer's wide-load escort veered into the southbound lanes and struck a track hoe that was being carried by an 18-wheeler.

Police say the pickup driver, a man from Louisiana, died at the scene and an autopsy has been ordered.

At this time, police do not know what caused the driver to veer into the southbound lane.

Both northbound and southbound lanes sides of the road were reduced to one lane, slowing traffic in the area for a few hours as crews cleared the scene.

The accident is under investigation. Refresh for updates.