PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A car traveling the wrong way down Interstate 65 slammed head-on into an 18-wheeler Friday morning killing one and injuring another.
The accident happened near the 179 mile marker in Prattville. Traffic on the interstate was backed up for miles as investigators tried to deal with the horrific crash.
Investigators say a gold-colored Ford Escort was traveling south in the north-bound lanes of the interstate around 5am. It then hit an oncoming car and slid head-on into the 18-wheeler.
The violent crash forced more than half of the car underneath the heavy tractor-trailer. Only the rear of the vehicle was intact.
It wasn't immediately know why, or for how long the car had been traveling in the wrong direction. State Trooper Corp. Steve Jarrett said a blood sample on the drive has been requested.
The fatal victim's name has not yet been released, though authorities confirm he is from the Birmingham area.
The interstate was closed for about 4 1/2 hours Friday morning while the wreckage was cleaned from the roadway.