Two collision victims' families file wrongful death suit

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- New developments are stemming from a traffic collision that left seven people dead earlier this month on Highway 82 in rural Montgomery county.

After nearly a month, the families of job applicant Derrick Ivey, Sr. and corrections officer Rodney Kelley are taking legal action.

"The first thing they want to know is what happened and why," explained Kendall Dunson, an attorney representing the families.

Dunson tells WSFA 12 News his clients have filed wrongful death suits against a slew of individuals and companies including Andrew Carter, Jr., the truck driver, and a witness who allegedly let Carter pass him just seconds before the crash.

"For [Carter] to be speeding and to pass in a no passing zone--he has to be a defendant in this case," Dunson said.

One suit goes on to hold the Department of Corrections at fault--citing the van was designed to hold prisoners and claims there was no way for passengers in the rear to escape the flames.

"Whoever made this decision made a very poor decision...and it cost seven lives," said Jere Beasley, another attorney representing the families.

The Department of Corrections tells WSFA 12 News they don't comment on pending legal matters.

Right now, many of the parties involved in this suit have yet to be served.

Stay with WSFA 12 News for the latest developments in this story.