Wreck causes traffic snag on I-65

A three-vehicle crash on I-65 resulted in one injury and restricted traffic on one side of the interstate for more than two hours Monday afternoon (April 3).

According to preliminary reports filed by Alabama State Troopers, the mishap occurred around 2:55 p.m. at the interstate’s 64.7 mile marker when a 2013 Acura, a 2016 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig and a 2011 Kenworth tractor-trailer collided.

The driver of the Acura, an unidentified woman, was the only person injured. She was transported by medical evacuation helicopter to University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile for treatment of injuries that were labeled “non-life threatening.”

Troopers ordered the closure of I-65’s northbound lanes at mile marker 57 (the Atmore-Uriah exit). Atmore firefighters and Escambia County deputies blocked access to the on-ramp from Alabama 21 and diverted traffic until the copter landed, loaded the patient and took off.

Movement of cars, trucks and other vehicles was at a standstill or proceeded at a stop-and-go pace until around 5:30 p.m.

No other information was available by Tuesday’s press deadline.

The afternoon accident was the second of two that happened on the Atmore portion of the interstate on Monday. The first, a single-vehicle crash with no injuries, caused only a minor slowdown in traffic.