Troopers identify 3 killed in wreck on Highway 72 near Paint Rock

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - Three people were killed in a wreck on U.S. 72 near Paint Rock just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

State Troopers have identified the victims as 28-year-old Justin Dwayne Williams of Meridianville, 37-year-old Kristie Renee Hood of Haleyville and 42-year-old Billy Adam Cox of Decatur.

Troopers say that the investigation is ongoing, but at this time the preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Trooper Curtis Summerville, Public Information Officer at ALEA, said the 2010 Nissan passenger vehicle crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler.  Investigators said they believe the 18-wheeler was stopped in a westbound lane at the time.

Troopers said the truck driver was not injured, and they are being careful of the trauma he experienced while they question him as a witness.

There is still much to find out. Summerville said investigators are not yet sure how fast the car was going at the time of the wreck, whether the passengers were wearing seatbelts, or whether the driver was able to hit the brakes before impact.

Troopers were still on-scene collecting photos and measurements when our crews left the scene at 7:30 PM. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Paint Rock Volunteer Fire Departments were also there to assist.

They will look at the damage to both vehicles for clues about much-needed answers.

"The families want answers. And as fast as we can, we will give them those answers," said Summerville.

He said first responders were also sad on-scene.

"Just to see three people killed in one crash, I don't care how long you've been doing this-- it has an effect on you," he explained.

He hopes that those who drove by the crash will think of the families, and remember to pay attention while driving. Anything can happen.

"Once you see this and you see how damaged these vehicles are, let's hope people change their behaviors," he said.