Wrong-Way Crash on Hwy 31 in Birmingham, Alabama, Tragically Kills Two People
BIRMINGHAM, AL. – According to a news report posted at cbs42.com, a wrong-way vehicle crash that happened on Highway 31 in Birmingham, Alabama, tragically killed two people. A police officer reportedly tried to alert one of the drivers to the fact that she was driving the wrong way, but the crash still took place.*
The crash happened early in the morning on Alabama Highway 31, which is also known as Carraway Boulevard. The Birmingham Police Department and CBS 42 report that at about 4 a.m., a police officer observed a vehicle turning the wrong direction onto the highway. She reportedly turned into the northbound lane but in the southbound direction.
The police officer reportedly attempted to alert the driver by flashing his vehicle lights and honking the horn. However, the vehicle stayed south in the northbound lane and ended up colliding with another vehicle head-on. The crash happened near the intersection with 19th Avenue North.
CBS 42 reports that the driver of the other vehicle tragically died in the accident. He was not identified in the news report, and the report says that he was the only person inside of his vehicle at the time of the accident.
CBS 42 further reports that the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was transported to UAB Hospital, where she tragically died. She was also not identified and was also the only person in her vehicle when the crash took place.
The report says that the officer was off duty at the time, and he was the only known witness to the crash. It is not clear why the first driver turned the wrong way onto the highway or why she did not notice the officer. The Birmingham Police Department is still investigating, and no additional information had been released at the time the report was posted.
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