The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

January 18, 2013

ALDOT workers still in hospital following interstate crash

ATHENS — By Lora Scripps

lora@athensnews-courier.com

Two Alabama Department of Transportation maintenance technicians remained hospitalized Thursday after being struck by an 18-wheeler Wednesday morning on Interstate 65.

Ronald Fletcher and Mickey Collier were in the surgical intensive-care unit at Huntsville Hospital. Fletcher was listed in a good condition Thursday, according to a hospital spokesperson. Collier was in fair condition. Two others, ALDOT highway maintenance superintendent Bobby Smith and 2nd Division District 4 Manager Darnell Spencer were also injured. Smith was transported to Decatur General Hospital and Spencer was transported to Huntsville Hospital. Both were treated and released.

The men were patching potholes on I-65 when the crash occurred about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, just north of the Interstate-565 interchange near mile marker 344 in the Tanner community.

The wreck shut down the northbound lanes of I-65 for about five hours before one lane was reopened. Both lanes were reopened Thursday.

Troopers are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

ALDOT spokesperson Rebecca Leigh White said drivers are asked to use caution and to slow down when crews are repairing roadways. She said crews in North Alabama would continue to patch roadways during the winter months due to wet-freeze-thaw conditions.

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee