- Cullman, Alabama

July 30, 2013

Four-vehicle wreck leaves three injured

Lauren Estes, staff writer
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Three people were injured after a four-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Alabama Highway 157 and U.S. Highway 31 at 9 a.m.on Monday.

Virginia Guthery, 76, of Cullman, was driving a 2010 Honda Accord with her 15-year-old grandson as a passenger and was struck while turning southbound on Highway 31. She was hit by a 2003 GMC Yukon driven by Alejandro Ortiz, 52, of Cullman, which pushed her into two vehicles that were stopped at a red light on Highway 157, according to Cullman police reports. Guthery and Ortiz hit a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Bobby Griffin, 68, of Cullman, and a 2004 Chevy Tahoe driven by Joel Smith, 56, of Cullman.

Guthery, her grandson, and Ortiz were all injured and transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. They were all wearing seatbelts. Griffin and Smith were not injured, but were wearing seatbelts, according to police.

Cullman City police officer Chris Nichols responded to the call. He said it took about 45 minutes to have the area cleared and three of the vehicles were towed from the scene.

Four city police vehicles, three ambulances, and Cullman Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene.

%Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.