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All nine in I-65 crashed expected to live

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Two victims who were listed in critical condition after a collision between a Pontiac Grand Am and a delivery truck on I-65 are being upgraded after a re-evaluation determined their injuries are non-life threatening.

Two additional victims, both at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, are still listed in critical condition but are expected to be upgraded to non-life threatening status by this afternoon.

In all, nine people were seriously injured - eight of whom were in a Pontiac sedan - after the two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon near the Montgomery I-65/85 interchange.

"On the scene, the Grand Am appeared to be rear-ended," Montgomery Police Sgt. Regina Duckett said.

"That is absolutely not recommended in a compact vehicle. If you want to put eight people in a compact van that occupies eight people that's fine, but not in a small car," Duckett said.

Many are wondering how eight people can fit in such a car. Even police are scratching their heads about it.

Police say the drivers of the Grand Am and the truck were adults. The car passengers were mainly teenagers, but the youngest is said to be three-years-old.

When asked about a car seat being in the Grand Am, Duckett said, "It should and I can't tell you if one was in there or not."

The accident shut down two lanes of the 1-65 South for almost two hours.

"[My car] ran out of gas, just about, but traffic was backed up and I didn't have any idea of what happened," Montgomery resident Asia Ali said.

The accident backed up traffic for miles. Drivers were diverted to the Fairview Avenue exit.

"A lot of people were trying to maneuver around trucks. It was just dangerous..." Ali said.  

Police say all nine victims were transported to Baptist South Hospital.

Two passengers, a three-year-old female and a 4-year-old female were taken by helicopter to Birmingham's Children's Hospital with critical injuries.

Police also say the driver of the truck and a five-year-old riding in the car were released from the hospital. The 24-year-old driver of the car and two teenage passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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