One person dead after 5 car pileup on I-85

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - A five vehicle pileup on Interstate 85 claimed the life of a Waverly man and tied up traffic for hours early Friday morning. Alabama State Troopers tell WSFA 12 News' sister station, WTVM, it's one of the most horrific accidents they've worked in a while.

Four vehicles and an eighteen wheeler sat mangled on the interstate as troopers worked the scene. State Troopers say around 6am Friday morning two vehicles got into an accident on Interstate 85 north, near mile marker 71. There were no injuries in this first accident.

Troopers had been on the scene for about 20 minutes, controlling traffic.

"We had one lane open so traffic was baked up and congested for people to merge and get around after the crash," explained Sgt. Susanna Capps.

But for some reason the driver of an 18-wheeler didn't see that traffic was slowly coming to a stop in front of him. By the time the driver had slammed on his brakes it was too late.

The truck slammed into the back of a kaki-green Jeep Cherokee in front of him, setting off a chain reaction that ended with a five five car pileup.

It's believed the driver of the Cherokee, Lindsey Askew of Waverly, was killed instantly. Three more were injured, one injury is considered life threatening.

It took state troopers about six hours to clean up the accident, traffic was detoured around the scene, using exit seventy.

It's unclear if any charges will be filed in the accident.

Raycom Media station WTVM contributed to this report.