Victims in I-85 wreck identified; preliminary report released

Montgomery police say they've identified the victims of Wednesday afternoon's fatal, multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 85. One person was killed, two others were injured in the wreck, which blocked traffic for more than six hours.

Investigators say 28-year-old Monroeville resident Jessica Michelle McMillian was killed in the crash. She was a passenger in one of the two 18-wheelers involved. The 2005 Peterbuilt she was in was towing a flatbed trailer.

Two other victims, 48-year-old Gainesville, Georgia resident Carl Richard Brown, Jr. and 45-year-old Montgomery resident Terri Darlene Ross were taken to area hospitals by ambulance. Their exact conditions are not currently known.

Brown was the driver of a 1994 Freightliner towing an enclosed trailer, and Ross was the driver of a 2011 Dodge Avenger.

A fourth vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, was also involved but there were no apparent injuries according to police.

The four-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. on I-85 northbound between Bell and Taylor roads.

MPD's investigation indicates that a fifth vehicle that did not make contact with any other vehicle, identified as a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, experienced a tire tread separation and swerved into the left emergency lane.

The investigation indicates the Trailblazer and the Peterbuilt/flatbed collided.

The Peterbuilt/flatbed then collided with the Freightliner and struck the Dodge Avenger, which left the roadway, overturned and landed upright on the right of way.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer struck the inner concrete barrier wall, where it came to rest.

The Peterbuilt/flatbed overturned, spilling its load of lumber and blocking all northbound lanes.

The Freightliner came to rest straddling two northbound lanes.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Montgomery police. No other information was made available.

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