I-65 Chilton crash kills 1, injures 4

A fatal crash on Interstate 65 in Chilton County, Alabama killed one man, when the vehicle he was in was rear-ended, and injured four others. A total of four vehicles were involved in the various car accidents stemming from the initial rear-end collision. The victims' injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.

Four vehicles collided at mile marker 222 near the Jemison/Thorsby exit. An 84-year-old man who was a passenger in a Ford Explorer that was rear-ended was killed instantly. The driver of the Ford Explorer suffered life-threatening injuries. The victim who died was from Livonia, Michigan. 

The driver of a Chevy Silverado, which rear-ended the Ford Explorer, was also injured although Alabama State Troopers said that her injuries were not life-threatening. The drivers of the two other vehicles involved in the crash were also hurt although neither of them suffered life-threatening injuries. The Alabama State Patrol said that the investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of the crashes.

Serious collisions are not unusual on the nation's interstates, where high speeds are normal and there is little stopping or reaction time for most drivers. When a victim is killed or badly injured in one of these crashes, it can be difficult to determine exactly who was at fault for the accident, especially when more than two vehicles are involved. Victims or their survivors may wish to seek the help of a personal injury attorney in locating professionals who can reconstruct accident scenes in order to determine the party who has the legal responsibility to pay for the damages.

Source: WSFA, "Victims in fatal I-65 crash in Chilton Co. identified," John Shyrock, Feb. 28, 2013

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