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Tragic Crash Kills Two on Interstate 85 in Opelika, Alabama (AL)


April 28, 2020

OPELIKA, AL- Wtvm.com writes that three vehicles were involved in a late morning collision that left two people dead this week in Opelika. Reports indicate that a 49-year-old man had pulled off the side of the road to check on his sixteen-year-old daughter’s vehicle. The teen’s car had suffered a flat tire, and she had pulled to the roadside.*

While the teen and her father were on the side of the road, a Chevrolet pickup truck that was heading southbound struck the father’s car, pushing it into the daughter’s car. The father and daughter both died at the scene of the collision. The man driving the pickup truck was injured in the crash as well and was transported to a hospital in Georgia for treatment. The condition of that individual is not known at this time. The crash is still under investigation, and police are requesting that anyone with information about the wreck contact investigators or the Secret Witness Hotline. 

When a car crash or breakdown occurs on a busy roadway or close to the flow of fast-moving traffic, occupants should remain in the car. Safety experts say that it might seem strange to remain in a car after being in a crash or after the vehicle has become disabled, and yet, getting out of the vehicle is often far more hazardous. The car will offer the occupants some forms of protection in the event an oncoming vehicle collides with them. Some people think they are safe standing in front of their car, but the AAA says this is not so. If a car rear-ends the disabled car, it will strike the victim standing in front of the vehicle. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.wtvm.com/2020/04/23/two-dead-accident-along-i-opelika-police-scene/

https://www.cars.com/articles/after-breakdown-or-accident-its-best-to-stay-in-your-car-1420663217827/


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