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Calera car wreck results in fatality, injuries

Published 2:35pm Thursday, July 5, 2012

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

CALERA – A vehicle attempting to merge from the northbound Interstate 65 onramp near the exit 228 in Calera resulted in a fatal accident around 12:45 p.m. July 5.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety is working the wreck. As of 3 p.m., troopers are on the scene of the crash at mile marker 229. ALDOT is diverting traffic, and northbound lanes are closed, according to a release from ADPS.

Additionally, the release stated commercial vehicles were involved.

According to Calera Police Chief Sean Lemley, the wreck caused one adult fatality. Additionally, one adult was airlifted by Lifesaver and two others were transported by ambulance.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety is currently clearing the wreck from the interstate.

“This has happened in a troublesome spot again,” Lemley said. “We continuously seem to have a problem in this area with wrecks.”

According to the ADPS, troopers will provide more information at a later time.

  • tigerpride2

    I am surprised there have not been more accidents and/or deaths at this onramp than there has been. I have lived on Hwy 25 for 20 years and I have always hated fighting the traffic at the 228 onramp to 65N. Also if one is unfamiliar with the onramp, it can realized too late that there is only about a 30-40 feet area in which they have to merge or they will collide with the bridge railing. I have a teenage driver now too and insist that he drive to the 231 onramp to get on the interstate; however, that intersection is plagued by numerous accidents as well. Unfortunately our community leaders in Calera became all “starry-eyed” by the growth influx we have been fortunate enough to have, and failed to think through the long term effects in their planning efforts.

  • lucyfan72

    For the life of me I can not figure out why this onramp has not been corrected by now. I have family that live on Highway 25 and it is a nightmare trying to merge onto I65.Drivers attempting to merge almost never pay attention to the yield sign. I wondered a few times if they should change the sign to read WAIT YOUR TURN!!

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