Wreck involving Dodge truck and utility truck on I-65 Wednesday afternoon

(Mike McClanahan/CBS42)
(Mike McClanahan/CBS42)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (WIAT) A Dodge Ram and a utility/storage were involved in a wreck early Wednesday afternoon on the side of I-65 South between the Green Springs Avenue and Oxmoor Road exits.

Birmingham police say one of the trucks was parked in the emergency lane at the time of impact. The wreck sent two people to the hospital and also caused delays and two lane closures.

The driver of the utility/storage truck says he pulled off the interstate because he thought he smelled diesel fuel prior to the accident. While he was standing next to his vehicle on the shoulder he says he saw the other truck go off the road and stay off the road.

“I was actually standing on the side of the truck talking to a friend of mine on the cell phone,” said Ray Coleman. “I seen them coming. Good thing I was standing back because I’ve seen it happen on COPS how they hit cars that are parked on the side of the road and I said I’m not going to stand on the outside of the street because I know they get hit.”

Coleman says he’s never seen anything like it. He was so full of adrenaline that he couldn’t speak at first.

“One of them was in the back seat sleeping and the lady was driving and they’re both are alright they’re not, they’re not dead and everything,” said Coleman.

Coleman says the people in the other vehicle left the scene on stretchers, injured, but alive.

Birmingham police told us on the scene that the two occupants of the Dodge Ram were both in stable condition.

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