ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama State Troopers are on the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Anniston in which three people were killed, according to a release from ALEA.
The wreck reportedly occurred around 2:50 p.m. at the intersection of Old Gadsden Highway and Alexandria Road.
Melanie Brown Hurst, 39; Melanie Dawn Trantham, 43; and Joy Ann Howell, 74, were all riding in a 2006 Honda Civic and pronounced dead at the scene.
Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said Jordan Stewart Baker, 20, was driving the wrong way in a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup truck when he hit the Civic, which was driven by Hurst.
Wade said Baker was fleeing from a deputy who was trying to pull him over, after he saw the Ranger run a red light in downtown Anniston, while driving into oncoming traffic.
Wade said the pickup truck had been stolen earlier in the day, and that Baker was a suspect.
“This criminal — this person, has caused tremendous damage today,” Wade said. “It’s a tragedy. I have been, and will continue to pray for these people and their family. It’s a shame, and it’s senseless.”