- Cullman, Alabama

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May 11, 2012

5 injured in Highway 278 wreck; two airlifted from scene (UPDATED)

CULLMAN — A total of five people were transported Friday — two by helicopter — to local hospitals for injuries they sustained in a three-vehicle accident that snarled traffic for more than two hours just west of Cullman.

The accident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 278, about half a mile west of Interstate 65. Traffic in both directions was stalled until 4 p.m. Friday, while emergency workers staged an airlift landing area on the sloping highway and worked to clear the wreckage.

Alabama state troopers were still investigating the accident late Friday and were not ready to release the names, ages or home towns of those involved.

The accident involved a Nissan Altima and GM pickup truck, both traveling west on Highway 278, and a 1980s-model Chevrolet Caprice, traveling eastbound into Cullman.

Officers at the scene said the Altima was driven by a female in her mid-30s; the GM truck by a female in her 60s, and the Caprice by an older male. Only the Altima carried passengers — three children under the age of six.

Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said the drivers of the Altima and the Caprice were each airlifted to local hospitals, though the extent of their injuries was not known late Friday.

The three children, passengers in the Altima, were taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center as a precaution — though all three appeared to have sustained only minor injuries at the scene.

Check The Cullman Times online at for future updates as more information becomes available.

* Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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