I-65 wreck

Dovie Jackson, 57, of Killen was injured in a three-vehicle wreck Thursday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 65, according to state troopers. John Todd Eubanks, 25, of Ardmore was also injured.

A woman driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 Thursday morning collided with another car and an 18-wheeler.

Troopers are investigating how Dovie Jackson, 57, of Killen, who was driving a 2000 Infinity, entered the highway in the wrong lanes at 9:33 a.m.

Trooper reports state that Jackson was wearing a seat belt. She was still being treated in the Athens-Limestone Hospital emergency room at mid-afternoon Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Joe Denapoli of Tampa, Fla., was hauling a 20-ton coil of steel on his Old South Trucking Co. trailer when he saw the car headed up the inside lane.

“She hit this one guy head-on and then veered over and hit me,” said Denapoli at the accident scene a mile north of Athens. “It knocked the axle right out from under my truck.”

Jackson first collided with a 1999 Mitsubishi driven by John Todd Eubanks, 25, of Ardmore. Trooper reports state that Eubanks was wearing a seat belt. He was treated at Athens-Limestone Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Denapoli was not injured.

Truck wheels lay strewn along the sides of the interstate.

Denapoli said he had driven onto the paved shoulder when he saw the first collision, but was unable to avoid colliding with Jackson.

The first car Jackson struck came to rest against a guardrail about a quarter-mile south of the wreckage of the woman’s car. The truck stopped another quarter-mile south of the first car.

“She’s lucky that a 40,000-pound steel coil didn’t break loose and fall on her,” Denapoli said.

Trooper Josh Taylor is investigating the accident, according to a Decatur post spokeswoman.

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