HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – In a notice released by the Hoover Police Department Sunday, authorities say that due to the recent fatalities on interstates in the area, the department will be stepping up enforcement action along Interstate 459 and the Interstate 65 corridors.
With the high volume of traveling for the July 4th holiday and construction in the area police hope to reduce speeds of drivers for their safety, as well as construction workers in the area. Warning signs have also been installed to alert drivers of the new “Zero Tolerance Policy.”
Last week three accidents claimed the lives of four people on I-459.
Early Tuesday morning police were called to an accident along I-459 southbound near the Galleria Mall just before 2 a.m., involving three vehicles. Those vehicles included a Porsche, an RV and a State Trooper vehicle. Police confirm the driver of the Porsche exceeded 100 mph when it hit the RV before veering over in the construction area and striking the parked State Trooper car.
Later Tuesday afternoon, a Ford Expedition traveling northbound on Interstate 459 in Hoover Tuesday lost control, crossed the median and crashed in the southbound lanes just north of Highway 31, killing two adults and sending two children to the hospital, one of whom with life-threatening injuries.
Friday, one person died in a three vehicle accident on I-459 in Hoover.
It happened a little after 6:30 p.m. in the median between Highway 31 and I-65, according to Captain Jim Coker of the Hoover Police Department. Two vehicles were parked in the center median; one was disabled, the other was a roadside assistance vehicle.
A third vehicle traveling northbound struck the two parked vehicles. Police say the driver of the third vehicle died at the scene. The identity of the person who died has not been released.
The two other victims were taken to Shelby Baptist Hospital and UAB Hospital.
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