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Police: Wreck caused by passenger grabbing wheel

Authorities said a passenger, apparently upset after a phone call, grabbed the steering wheel. Authorities said a passenger, apparently upset after a phone call, grabbed the steering wheel.
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

What started out as a typical crash investigation in Albertville is now being investigated as a crime.

The wreck happened just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Martling Road near the Collier Drive intersection.

Once police arrived and began interviewing witnesses, they learned that the passenger of the vehicle at fault grabbed the steering wheel and turned the car into oncoming traffic, causing a three-car pileup. Police said witnesses claimed to see a man in one of the vehicles running from the scene.

After further investigation, police learned that prior to the crash, the passenger in the vehicle that caused the accident had just ended a phone call that appeared to have upset him. The crash sent two people to the hospital.

"It's bad enough it was involving children, but the injuries were to two passengers in one of the vehicles," said Albertville Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith. "One of them happened to be a toddler, is what I was told, and the other was an infant."

Smith said they are now seeking contact with the individual who fled the scene. Possible assault charges could be filed.

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