Southbound I-65 lanes in Escambia County reopen after fatal crash

2 killed in multi-vehicle crash
(Source: MGN)
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 5:56 AM CST
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UPDATE: A multi-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 1:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and also included commercial vehicles claimed the lives of a man and woman from Brewton, Ala., according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Jewell W. Smith, 57, was fatally injured when the 2009 Ford Escape she was driving was struck in the rear by the 2015 International tractor-trailer driven by a Citronelle man. Johnny W. Smith, 36, who was a passenger in the Escape, was also fatally injured. Johnny Smith and Jewell Smith were both pronounced deceased at the scene.

After the initial collision, the Ford Escape was pushed forward and struck a 2012 Mazda Miata. A 2015 International truck then struck a 2018 Kenworth tractor-trailer the International then struck the 2018 Volvo tractor-trailer. The Kenworth then struck a 2023 Kenworth tractor-trailer, according to ALEA.

The crash occurred on Interstate 65 near the 63 mile marker, approximately 14 miles northeast of Atmore, in Escambia County.

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UPDATE: ALEA reports the accident scene is cleared and southbound lanes have reopened.

EARLIER STORY:

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A multi-vehicle crash involving commercial vehicles occurred at approximately 1:42 a.m. Friday and has caused a lane closure on Interstate 65 in Escambia County.

ALEA reports the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 from the 63 mile marker to the 65 mile marker are shut down and will be for an undetermined amount of time.

Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Highway Patrol Division are currently on scene investigating and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly.

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