One Person Critically Injured in Wrong-Way Wreck on I-565 in Near Huntsville, Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — One person drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 565 and caused a pre-dawn crash with a big-rig according to WHNT.com. The driver of the sedan heading against traffic on the wrong side of the road sustained life-threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer truck went to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The crash forced Alabama State Police to close the interstate to traffic for several hours while they attempted to rescue the wounded, cleared the roadway of debris, and performed their investigation. Huntsville Police also responded to the scene. Authorities said they focused their investigation on whether the wrong-way driver was impaired at the time of the crash. Authorities have not issued criminal charges at this juncture. *
Huntsville police officers and Alabama state police officers closed five lanes of I-565 to investigate this terrible crash. Officers closed three westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes to allow crews to clear the area and for investigators to perform the necessary tasks associated with accident reconstruction. The video taken of the aftermath of the collision showed what appeared to be a FedEx 18-wheeler with substantial front-end damage pinned up against the center jersey barrier. The dark-colored sedan came to rest about 100 feet further east of the 18-wheeler. Debris from both vehicles lay between the two and was scattered about the highway.
Authorities said both drivers suffered injuries in the crash. The driver of the sedan suffered severe injuries. The truck driver’s injuries were much less serious than the sedan driver’s injuries. The initial police reports indicate that the sedan was traveling easterly in the westbound lanes on I-565. Huntsville police said that drivers who head against traffic on an interstate are usually impaired in some fashion. They told the media WHNT that evidence from the scene suggests that impaired driving played a role in this crash.
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