Multiple-vehicle wreck occurs on I-65 near 223-mile marker

Published 4:54 pm Monday, November 4, 2013

A multiple-vehicle wreck occurred on Interstate 65 Monday near the 223-mile marker.

Union Grove volunteer firefighter Joseph Prather said the Union Grove Fire Department responded to the scene of a four-vehicle wreck on I-65 northbound at 11:45 a.m.

Prather said four vehicles, including three passenger cars and one 18-wheeler, wrecked on I-65 with no fatalities and two minor injuries.

Prather said the wrecks are still being investigated by Alabama State Troopers, but initial reports from an individual involved in one of the wrecks indicated a small “fender bender” started the chain reaction.

“One of the ladies involved in one of the wrecks said traffic was stopped for a fender bender,” Prather said. “She then said an 18-wheeler came through and collided with her car resulting in another wreck.”

According to Prather, the wrecks Union Grove responded to did not shut down I-65 while authorities including Troopers, Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and Union Grove Fire Department worked the scene.

“I heard there were some reports going out that all lanes were shut down and that just wasn’t true,” Prather said. “The left lane on the northbound side stayed open the entire time and the southbound lanes were never affected.”

Mile Marker 223 is near the Jemison/Thorsby I-65 Exit 219.

Alabama Department of Public Safety Sgt. Steve Jarrett said I-65 was partially blocked for about 30 minutes.