I-65 NB in Autauga County reopens hours after fatal crash; victim identified

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A photo of the fatal crash scene along I-65 northbound in northern Autauga County.

BY WSFA STAFF

AUTAUGA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) – Interstate 65 northbound in Autauga County has reopened hours after a fatal crash involving two commercial vehicles Monday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of a Camden, South Carolina, man.

An overturned truck caused traffic delays on I-65 northbound.
An overturned truck caused traffic delays on I-65 northbound. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

According to ALEA Cpl. Jesse Thornton, Robert Glenn Atherton, 58, was killed when the 2020 International tractor-trailer he was driving collided with a 2006 Peterbilt tractor-trailer that had crossed the median from the southbound lanes. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Peterbult was taken to a hospital with injuries. The vehicles caught fire in the crash.

The crash happened at mile marker 195. That’s about five miles south of Verbena and nine miles north of Pine Level in northern Autauga County.

A photo of the fatal crash scene along I-65 northbound in northern Autauga County.
A photo of the fatal crash scene along I-65 northbound in northern Autauga County. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Traffic was being rerouted off the interstate onto U.S Highway 31 at Exit 186.

Four photos from the Alabama Department of Transportation's traffic camera system showed delays on I-65 in northern Autauga County due to a fatal crash.
Four photos from the Alabama Department of Transportation’s traffic camera system showed delays on I-65 in northern Autauga County due to a fatal crash. (Source: ALDOT)