Decatur Man Dies On Dangerous Section Of I-65

FALKVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A young Decatur man is the latest victim of what is described as a dangerous section of Interstate 65 in Morgan County. McKenzie Jett, 26, the son of Decatur School Board member Dwight Jett Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Monday night.

The short section of roadway has been the scene of three horrific traffic accidents in the past two weeks, claiming two lives. Fire and police officials in Falkville, who worked the accident scene Monday evening, were not available for comment Tuesday.  However paramedics, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, tell WHNT News 19 they are very familiar with that stretch of roadway and consider it “dangerous and deadly.”

The wreck occurred at the first of two bridges leading up to the Lacon exit, at the 318 mile marker. Jett’s car apparently left the roadway and slid along a guardrail just replaced days ago before reaching the first bridge. The car toppled over the bridge landing next to a creek below.

Earlier this month, a tractor-trailer rig crashed through the guardrail and plunged down an embankment in what Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin described as a suicide attempt. Days later, another tractor-trailer rig ran off the roadway in the same spot killing the driver.

A State Trooper spokesman was not available for comment Tuesday but police on the scene of the crash told a WHNT News 19 photographer that excessive speed may have been a factor in Monday night’s accident. A State Trooper dispatcher says the accident remains under investigation.

WHNT News 19 has learned the Alabama Department of Transportation sent workers to the site within the past two weeks, following the second accident, to examine the roadway. We were directed to a spokesman in Guntersville who was not available to answer questions Tuesday afternoon.

McKenzie Jett was a graduate of Austin High School in Decatur, and the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Mallet Assembly Honors Program. He was returning to Birmingham Monday evening where he was studying for his law degree after spending Thanksgiving with his family.  McKenzie had planned to join his father’s law firm upon graduation.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:30 p.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Nicky Presnell officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roselawn.

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