ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – One woman is dead after a crash involving a garbage truck and an SUV on Friday morning on Highway 72 in Athens.
Athens Police Department (APD) officers responded to the crash around 9 a.m. in the 22000 block of U.S. Highway 72 East, in the westbound lanes. APD said an investigation revealed that a garbage truck was stopped to collect trash from a residential can when it was hit from behind by an SUV
The driver of the SUV was killed in the crash, authorities said. Limestone County Coroner Mike West identified the victim as 56-year-old Nancy Patel of Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Police have closed both westbound lanes and are diverting traffic onto Hastings, or asking drivers to turn around and go east on 72.
Officials have no estimated time on when the roadway could reopen.