UPDATE: All lanes of I-565 Eastbound were reopened just before 10 a.m.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — All Eastbound lanes of Interstate 565 were completely shut down Thursday morning after a major wreck near Exit 1 and Mooresville.

Huntsville Police Department (HPD) told News 19 that the wreck involved seven vehicles, including an 18-wheeler.

Five people were injured in the crash. One of the motorists was ejected, and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. That person was later upgraded to ‘serious condition’ and expected to survive.

Another person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and three additional motorists were transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

This photo shows the traffic backup from I-565 WB. (Photo: WHNT)

Don Webster with HEMSI says the call came in around 6:23 a.m.

Webster said multiple emergency crews on the scene had to conduct “extraction procedures” as the scene unfolded.

HPD said that a second two-vehicle wreck happened just after the initial crash when traffic began to back up. There were no injuries in that accident.

Photo from Maps shows the backup. (Google Maps)

Officials urged drivers to take alternate routes or expect major delays. If you can’t avoid the area, extreme caution is advised while first responders work the scene.

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