Athens man killed in early morning crash on I-65 in Limestone County

One man died in a car crash in Athens Wednesday morning.
Published: Apr. 20, 2022 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2022 at 9:17 AM CDT
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ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - Lanes are now on I-65 north in Limestone County following an early morning crash on Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m. on April 20, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Troopers received reports of a three-vehicle crash near the 355-mile marker on I-65 in Athens. The northbound lanes were closed for nearly four hours on Wednesday morning.

According to Limestone County Coroner Mike West, one man died in the crash involving an RV, a black pickup truck and an 18-wheeler. West says the RV was pulled to the passing side of the roadway with no shoulder available. The pickup truck crashed into the back of the RV followed by the 18-wheeler crashing into the pickup.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency identified the victim as Deontae Demar Townsend, 31. ALEA says Townsend was killed when the 2003 Chevy Silverado that he was driving became disabled in the roadway due to a previous crash and was then struck by a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the RV and the 18-wheeler were both uninjured.

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