Actor from ‘Talladega Nights’ charged in wreck

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Trussville Police say actor turned defendant Luke Bigham surrendered last night on a reckless driving charge related to a Wednesday morning accident.

Bigham played the child version of race driver Ricky Bobby in the movie “Talladega Nights.”

Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley says investigators believe 20-year-old Luke Bigham was driving more than 80 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone on Main Street in the moments before a five-vehicle wreck happened Wednesday morning. The chief says the speedometer on Bigham’s lexus was stuck at 83 mph.

“He was stopped at the traffic light there at Chalkville Road and Main Street He was northbound from Birmingham in this direction. And when the lights changed green he just took off accelerated extremely heavily and apparently lost control is what caused the collision,” said Chief Don Sivley. “There was no indication of drugs or alcohol.”

A camera at Broella Auto Repair caught that accident on tape and a worker there told WIAT 42 News that the collision sounded like a bomb.

Trussville Police say Bigham’s Lexus wound up a few hundred feet down the road after  spinning and striking multiple cars in the process.

“The first vehicle he struck was southbound sitting in traffic. He lost control the driver’s side of his vehicle struck the driver’s side of the southbound vehicle over in the southbound lane. Then he spun around and hit the additional cars and then there was one of the cars that he hit which he knocked into another vehicle which was sitting in the outside lane,” said Chief Don Sivley, Trussville Police Department.

Police say the Lexus Luke Bigham was driving wound up a few hundred feet down the road from the initial point of impact.

Trussville resident David Fields said he can’t understand how someone could get a vehicle up to eighty miles an hour at around 8:30 a.m. on Main Street in Trussville.

“If I was on a bike and somebody was running that fast you wouldn’t have time to get out of the way,” said David Fields. “If they had been head on collisions involved in that kind of speed there would have more than likely been some very serious injuries,” said Chief Sivley.

Police say only Bigham was taken to the hospital from the scene.  WIAT 42 News encountered a woman at the police department who told us she was the driver of the Gold Honda Odyssey Minivan that was struck.

She said she was initially in shock, but later went to the hospital later for multiple injuries.

We drove to an address associated with Luke Bigham, family members confirmed that it was the right address, but declined to comment and asked us to leave.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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