LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A stretch of Highway 72 westbound's lanes were shut down for hours Sunday morning following a fatal wreck.
Huntsville Police, Limestone County Sheriff's deputies, and Alabama State Troopers blocked off the intersection of U.S. 72 and Burgreen Road after two vehicles collided at 3:13 in the morning.
Troopers say a large SUV driven by Terrance Walker, 40, of Huntsville, hit a smaller SUV carrying three people. Yoneko Cain, 31 of Athens, Mario Sledge, 26, of Athens, and Larneal McDonald, 29, of Belle Mina were all killed in the wreck. Walker also died.
State Troopers tell WHNT News 19 one vehicle ran a stop sign at Burgreen Road when it hit the other. The two vehicles ended up in a ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection, downing a utility pole. The scene was closed for hours.
The families of those killed are asking questions about the investigation, but answers are hard to come by.
Several family members of the victims have contacted us to ask questions about a potential police pursuit they believe may have been in progress before the accident. However, Alabama State Troopers told us Monday they were unable, at this early stage in the investigation, to release any further details than those that were put out in their initial official release Sunday. No other law enforcement agencies would confirm or deny those rumors.
Tuesday, a spokesman for Alabama State Troopers told WHNT News 19 Madison Police and Limestone County Sheriff's Deputies were attempting 'to catch up to' one to one of the drivers, Terrance Walker, prior to the collision. Trooper Curtis Summerville did not indicate what made law enforcement pursue Walker. Summerville said it would not be accurate to call the actions taken a 'police chase.' He says Walker may have not even known police were behind him before the wreck, indicating Walker may have been speeding.
If you have any information that could help in the case, please call Alabama State Troopers at (256) 539-0681.