MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police Department is releasing the names of the three victims who were killed in a 10-vehicle crash in Montgomery Monday morning. Christine Edwards, 49, her husband, Dedrick Edwards, 50, and their son, Dedrick Edwards Jr., 10, were all fatally injured. Two other passengers in the Edwards' SUV were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say the family, from Swansboro, NC, was traveling along Interstate 65 in their 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe when it became involved in the pile-up with six other passenger vehicles and three 18-wheelers.
Central Alabama's work week commute opened with a blanket of fog that would lift only after news broke of the massive crash. When first responders arrived on the scene they found the twisted wreckage of all the vehicles. Authorities say the other vehicles included: A 1998 Kenworth tractor-trailer, a 1992 Mazda pickup truck, a 2002 Honda Civic, a 2003 Nissan Altima, a 2006 Toyota Camry, a 2010 Fiat, a 2010 Toyota Corolla, a 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer, and a 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer. Of these vehicles, five victims were transported for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The vehicles were piled in the roadway and in the median of I-65 near Hyundai Boulevard. That's near the Hyundai manufacturing plant, several miles south of the I-65/85 interchange. Authorities quickly closed the southbound lanes, as well as one going northbound, re-routing traffic around the area.
Crews worked for hours to get victims out of vehicles and to emergency facilities. The interstate reopened just before noon. Despite foggy weather conditions, investigators haven't determined the exact cause of the crash that resulted in the chain reaction.