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April 24, 2009

Wreck delays traffic on I-65

By Trent Moore

Staff Writer

An eight vehicle accident stalled northbound traffic on Interstate 65 Friday afternoon, then a three vehicle accident soon blocked the Hwy. 31 detour.

Injuries occurred in both instances, though specific details were unavailable by press time.

Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said the first wreck, on Interstate 65, occurred at approximately 3 p.m. when a deputy was responding to a one vehicle incident near exit 317.

“While the deputy was there directing traffic a vehicle traveling north on I-65 rear ended our patrol car,” Roden said. “Five other vehicles then hit that car. Approximately eight total vehicles were involved.”

Drivers from I-65 were rerouted north onto Hwy. 31, though the influx of traffic soon caused another accident.

“As we were diverting traffic across Hwy. 31, we had another three car accident in the Vinemont area,” Roden said.

The Vinemont crash blocked traffic in both directions for a short while and at least one person involved was transported by helicopter to a hospital.

“We’re just all doing the best we can to work together to get it all cleared up,” Roden said.

Law enforcement had cleared the interstate wreck by 4:45 p.m. Friday opening up traffic flow.



‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 225.

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