Former UAB football player killed after Thursday morning I-565 wreck, 3 others injured

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - One person is dead after a Thursday morning wreck that closed all lanes of I-565 eastbound near the Memorial Parkway exit.

Friday afternoon, Huntsville Police reported Gregory Jae Maclin, 19, died as a result of injuries from the wreck.

The wreck happened Thursday before the morning rush hour. Police said Monica Apice, 32, was driving her Ford F-150 truck when it started having problems and she pulled over about 3:30 a.m.  Another driver, Jonathan Russell, 33, pulled over to help.  He positioned his Chevrolet Equinox nose-to-nose with her truck and helped hook up jumper cables, police said.

As they were working on the truck, a Dodge Charger headed eastbound veered onto the shoulder of the road, striking the Ford F-150 and knocking it into the Chevy Equinox.  Both Apice and Russell were in their vehicles at the time they were hit.

Greg Maclin (Photo: uabsports.com)

Greg Maclin (Photo: uabsports.com)

Police said Frederick Deshaun Rich, 20, was driving the Charger, which caught on fire due the impact. Maclin was a passenger in the Charger.

Maclin graduated from Tanner High School and most recently was a safety on UAB's football team.

UAB head football coach Bill Clark said, “We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Greg Maclin who was involved in a tragic car accident late Wednesday night. As we’ve seen, the UAB football family is strong, and Greg was a part of that family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s family and those close to him during this difficult time.”

UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram added, “This is a sad day for all of us in the UAB family to learn of the passing of one of our former football student-athletes, Greg Maclin. It is heart-breaking to see a person lose their life at such a youngage. All of us at UAB will keep Greg’s family in our prayers.”

The driver of the Charger, Frederick Rich, was treated and released, along with Monica Apice, the driver of the Ford truck.

Jonathan Russell was upgraded from serious condition to fair condition Friday.

Friends took to Twitter to ask for prayers for Maclin and his family.