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1 woman killed, 2 people hurt in multi-vehicle wreck in Athens

3 vehicles were totaled, police said.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 4:07 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 9:59 PM

A woman was killed and two other people were injured in a three-car wreck in Athens on Tuesday afternoon.

It happened on U.S. Highway 31 South, just north of the Huntsville Brownsferry Road intersection, said Athens Police Department Capt. Trevor Harris.

Fatal crash in Athens on Hwy. 31 on Sept. 22

Harris said multiple southbound vehicles were stopped for a red light when the driver of an SUV approaching the same intersection rear-ended a compact car with two occupants and shoved it into the next car in line.

The middle car was forced left into the median while the SUV and sedan spun to a stop in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 31, he said.

Athens Fire-Rescue firefighters removed the two female occupants of that middle car. Harris said the driver died of her injuries, and the passengers was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital for treatment.

Harris said the driver of the SUV was taken by ambulance for treatment. The driver and passenger in the front sedan were not injured.

All three of those vehicles were totaled, Harris said, and a fourth vehicle in front of the first three sustained relatively minor damage.

The investigation of the crash is ongoing. Any witness who has not yet provided a statement is asked to call Athens Police Department at 256-233-8700.

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