Three-vehicle wreck results in fatality

Published 5:15 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

A three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Alabama Highway 22 claimed the life of a Maplesville man.

Will Latham Jr., 87, was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with another vehicle on an icy road, according to an Alabama Department of Public Safety press release.

A third vehicle was damaged as well.

The crash occurred at 1:40 p.m. on Alabama Highway 22, three miles west of Clanton.

Alabama State Troopers are continuing to investigate the crash.

A second fatality occurred in Chilton County Thursday morning on U.S. 82, four miles west of Billingsley.

Desi Patterson, 43, was killed when the vehicle he was driving left the icy roadway and struck a tree, according to an Alabama Department of Public Safety press release.

Roads throughout Chilton County opened for travel Thursday morning, but Chilton County Engineer Tony Wearren urged motorists to use caution when traveling.

Wearren said there were still places throughout the county with ice on them and cautioned those traveling to be cautious and slow.

A road was closed due to ice Thursday night on County Road 16 between County Road 30 and County Road 365.

Wearren said Friday morning the road had been re-opened and all of the bridges throughout the county had been sanded along with some slick spots of ice still left on various roads.

“There were still some places Thursday that had some slick spots where the sun had not been able to get to them,” Wearren said. “Everything is open now, though.”

Chilton County E-911 Director Dan Wright said the 911 service processed 30 calls on Thursday of wrecks throughout the county.

Out of the 30 wrecks, 16 were reported to have no injuries, three had unknown injuries and 11 had injuries.

Wright said he did not know if the wrecks Thursday were caused from ice leftover from Tuesday’s storm.

Wright said each agency that responded to the various wrecks would have information regarding the cause of the wrecks.

Due to the widespread impact of Tuesday’s storm, crews at the road department had to prioritize the treatment of the roads with a mixture of sand and gravel.

Bridges were the main priority and were treated with a mixture of sand and gravel due to bridges not having warm ground underneath to keep them from freezing.

With warmer temperatures forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50s, Wearren said any ice left throughout the county should melt.

“Right now we are focusing on the obscure roads that aren’t as heavily traveled and making sure the ice that might still be around on those has been treated with sand,” Wearren said. “Thankfully, the temperatures will be helping and we should be in pretty good shape with the warmer weather.”