The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


January 10, 2014

Another day, another wreck on Alabama 251

Athens man injured in wreck, arrested on DUI

A wreck that injured an intoxicated man Thursday was the second accident in two days on the same stretch of highway.

Stacey Hasting, 26, of Athens was traveling Alabama 251 Thursday morning when his 1992 Oldsmobile left the roadway and struck the left guardrail of the Piney Creek bridge before overturning and stopping in trees near the creek.

The wreck occurred at approximately 9:35 a.m. between Hall and Holt Road, about three miles from Athens, according to troopers.

Hasting was wearing a seat belt, troopers said. 

Piney Chapel and Oak Grove-Thach fire departments, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama State Troopers, Athens Utilities and others worked the scene.

Hasting was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital where he was treated and released to state troopers.

Hasting was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Limestone County Jail where his bond was set at $6,000.

Dangerous highway

Piney Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lance Pitts said the wreck was “about a football field’s length” from the spot where a traffic fatality occurred the day before. 

Tina Patterson Hogan, 49, of Toney, died Wednesday morning after losing control of her SUV on Alabama 251 north of Holt Road. The wreck remains under investigation, but troopers believe speed was a factor in the crash.  

“It’s a very dangerous stretch of highway,” Pitts said. “There have been numerous accidents over the years.”

Brenda Gail Eubanks, 60, died Dec. 5, after being involved in a head-on collision on Alabama 251 near Holt Road involving three-vehicles. Reports indicate weather could have been a factor in the Dec. 5 wreck.

Alabama 251 is a state highway. The speed limit is 55 mph outside of Athens.

District 1 Commissioner Gary Daly said his district includes the left side of Alabama 251 from Athens until reaching Copeland Road. He said he doesn’t know what the problem is on the highway adjacent to his district, but believes something needs to be done. “It’s tragic,” he said. “There have been a lot accidents there.”


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