DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – An accident early Sunday morning where a vehicle hit a guardrail on I-65 northbound near Decatur left one person dead and three people with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Decatur Police Department (DPD).
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) confirmed to News 19 that a traffic accident caused the northbound lanes of I-65 at the Tennessee River Bridge to be blocked.
A spokesperson for DPD said that officers were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident at 3:30 a.m. Sunday on I-65 northbound near the bridge. After investigating, officers determined the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail on the bridge.
The spokesperson said that one passenger in the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.
Another passenger sustained a leg injury and was transported to Huntsville Hospital for treatment, while two other passengers were taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital with minor injuries, according to the DPD spokesperson.
The interstate has now been cleared, DPD said, but anyone who was heading northbound on I-65 near Decatur Sunday morning was advised to seek alternate routes. Traffic was being redirected to exit 334 at Priceville.
The department said the investigation is ongoing.