Clarence James "Mac" McCormick, vice chairman and
chairman-elect of the American Trucking Association and founder of Bestway
Express of Vincennes, IN, died Thursday, Oct. 26, when his single-engine plane
crashed near Lawrenceville, IL.
According to local media reports, McCormick's plane went off
the radar Thursday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. about two miles north of
the Mid-American Air Center in Lawrenceville. Officials believe windy, drizzly
conditions may have caused the plane to clip the tops of some trees on its
final decent. They believe it caught fire and then crashed into a wooded area.
The plane's smoldering wreckage was not found by air crews
until approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, because of severely limited
visibility, the Vincennes Sun-Commercial reported.
An ATA official confirmed for Land Line Magazine that
McCormick was to attend to the organization's four-day Management Conference
and Exhibition this weekend in Dallas, where he was to assume the role as the
group's new chairman of the board.
McCormick, a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in business administration, started Bestway Express in 1981 with four
trucks. Today, the company has a fleet of about 400 trucks. In addition to his
work with ATA's political action committee, he also served as a member of the
Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
A spokesperson for Bestway Express declined to comment on
This is the second death of a high-ranking ATA official this
year. In June, Michael B. Russell, vice president of public affairs, was killed
in a rafting accident while vacationing with his family in Colorado.