Distracted driving is a major factor contributing to fatal vehicle accidents, even after the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill banning texting while driving in an atempt to curb the growth of these occurrences in our state and the potential for injury or death , says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
A wreck occurring at the University Boulevard exit, on Interstate 65, blocked all northbound lanes and closed two southbound lanes also. It took rescue workers and medical staff approximately five hours to extract the injured individuals and clear the site, during which time I-65 remained closed. The accident involved five vehicles, including an 18-wheeler and van with two adult males being killed and three additional individuals were seriously injured.
A Birmingham man and an Irondale teen were the two people killed in Wednesday’s horrific crash on Interstate 65 identified as Mark Nelms, 50, and Alexander Tombrello, 18. The crash happened at 3:37 p.m. when a pickup truck on I-65 south clipped another truck, lost control and flipped over the median, landing on a van traveling northbound.
When rescue workers arrived, Nelms was pinned behind the wheel of the van and when extricated from the van was pronounced dead on the scene.Tombrello, authorities said, was in the pickup truck that lost control. Two other people in the pickup were injured: a male who was thrown from the van and another male who was trapped inside the pickup truck. Their conditions are unavailable at this time.