It was supposed to be a happy occasion. A family, many of whom survived Hurricane Katrina, ventured out to attend the graduation ceremony of a friend at Hoover High School. The family vehicle broke down along Interstate 59 at Argo. The trip turned tragic as the family was stranded on the highway. A truck accident claimed the lives of four family members and left two with critical personal injuries.
The traffic accident occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. An 18-wheeler struck the family vehicle from behind as the car sat disabled on the Interstate. The force of the crash caused the truck to overturn in the ditch, just off the Interstate.
Three generations of people from the same family were involved in the nightmare. Four people died, ranging in age from 5-weeks-old to 41-years-old. A mother, her daughter, her grandson and another relative who was 3-years-old were taken in the crash. The 3-year-old boy's mother was critically injured in the family vehicle. Also injured was a 15-day-old infant.
The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained injuries in the crash. Alabama Trooper Cpl. Steve Smith says at least one other person sustained injuries in the crash. Some sources say a second passenger vehicle may also have been involved. The injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Authorities closed the northbound lanes of the Interstate for more than five hours to begin an investigation into the accident and to clear debris from the roadway.
Source: The Birmingham News via al.com, "Hurricane Katrina survivors die in Alabama car crash on Interstate 59 at Argo," Carol Robinson 26 May 2011