MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One woman is dead and several other drivers are recovering after a series of crashes on Interstate 85.
A collision around 6 a.m. Sunday started a chain reaction, causing heavy damage and major traffic headaches for hours. Alabama State troopers identified 52-year old Alice Marie of Valley as the woman who died.
The troopers say three accidents involved seven vehicles. The pileup clogged traffic and drivers spent hours stranded on the Interstate.
"Slept through part of it...tired, boring wondering what was going on," said stranded driver Ronnie Defee.
Dan Black, with Dan Black Studios, was driving to Atlanta for business but wound up stalled on the road for much of the day.
"Headed to Atlanta around 6:20 ... I pulled over along with the other traffic...of course waited for an hour thinking it would clear. Waited for another half an hour or so then I started walking up to see what was happening," Black said.
For hours the gridlock turned I-85 into something like a parking lot, forcing drivers out of their cars.
When traffic finally started moving again, the drivers passed a horrifying scene of wreckage and twisted metal.