LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Traffic was been backed up on I-65 all day Wednesday as workers cleared the remains of an early morning traffic accident. The crash sent 4 highway department workers to the hospital after an 18-wheeler careened through their worksite.
It was roughly 4 o'clock this morning, I-65 just south of the Browns Ferry Road exit, when an 18-wheeler plowed into Alabama Department of Transportation vehicles involved in a repaving project. Four DOT workers were rushed to area hospitals, two of them with what were described as life-threatening injuries.
By mid-morning, only one of the northbound lanes could be re-opened as state troopers conducted their investigation, and while workers cleaned up the mess.
The tractor trailer plowed first into a crash attenuator vehicle, designed to serve as a barrier between workers and the on-coming traffic. It did its job, but the truck continued down the highway striking at least 3 other state vehicles and three of the workers before coming to a stop.
The other vehicles were finally removed from the scene around noon, but it was more than two hours later before the tractor trailer rig and its cargo of 1,600 pound aluminum blocks were taken away.
Meanwhile, the Alabama Department of Transportation has got workers back out on I-65. They've already repaired the pavement from the holes that were gouged into the roadway Wednesday morning when that crash occurred. They tell WHNT News 19 they're going to continue the project tonight that was underway Wednesday morning when the wreck happened. Another crash attenuator truck has been brought to the scene. We're told traffic flow will be reduced to one lane in the area where workers are making repairs.
We've also learned one of the workers injured in that accident has been released from the hospital, according to a spokesperson for Decatur General Hospital. Bobby Smith, of Courtland, was treated and released. The spokesperson says no information was available about three other workers injured in the crash.