8 injured in Hwy. 82 crash

Published 3:18 pm Monday, December 22, 2008

At least eight people were injured, three of which were airlifted, in a head-on collision on Highway 82 Monday afternoon.

About 3 p.m., a GMC van and Toyota truck collided head-on just east of County Road 10 on Highway 82 in the Town of Maplesville’s jurisdiction. The van appeared to be heading west while the truck was heading east.

Maplesville Fire and Rescue with mutual aid from South Chilton and Isabella fire departments was dispatched to the scene.

Extrication tools were used to remove the driver’s side doors of both vehicles, from which the male drivers were rescued. Both were airlifted via helicopter, and another victim was airlifted later.

The landing zone for one victim was at the Jemison Park and Ride while the other two helicopters landed in Clanton. The adults were transported to UAB Hospital, and the children were transported to Children’s Hospital.

Identities and the conditions of the victims were not available as of yesterday afternoon. The van had a Georgia license plate.

Due to the wreck, Highway 82 was closed for more than two hours with traffic being detoured to Highway 22.

The Maplesville Police Department is investigating the crash.