Memorial Service Held For Trucker Killed On I-65

Posted at 9:51 PM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-06 00:00:13-04

Family and friends gathered in Madison to honor a trucker killed on Interstate 65 nearly two weeks ago. 

Billy Dixon was working for Tullis Enterprises when he died rear-ending another truck that pulled over on the side of the road near mile marker 101. Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the drivers of the other semi were exchanging seats. 

Dixon's semi burst into flames upon impact and he was trapped inside and died. 

"It's a shame his life was taken so tragically," John Tullis, Dixon's boss, told NewsChannel 5. 

He and several others took the podium at the gymnasium of Madison Academy to share memories and final words on Sunday. 

"He had a rough exterior, but he was a gentle giant on the inside," Tullis added. 

Many also added their thoughts by writing on a cross right by a collage of Dixon's photos. 

Tullis questioned if the drivers should have even pulled over at the spot to change seats.

"Dixon was a safe and courteous driver," Tullis said. "I'm sure he attempted everything that he could to avoid the accident."

A donation page has been set up to help Dixon's family with expenses. Click on this link to learn more.