UPDATE (8:30 a.m. 10/13) – The vehicle involved in the fatal accident Wednesday afternoon was involved in a high-speed chase with the Alabama Department of Corrections.
According to an official with the Department of Corrections, officers saw a vehicle pull up to the south perimeter fence at G.K. Fountain Correctional Center in Atmore. A man got out of the car and threw a package over the fence.
After throwing the package, officers attempted to detain the man, but he fled in the car toward Interstate 65 southbound. When the correctional officers arrived at the interstate, the fatal accident had already occurred at the Exit 34 on-ramp. The car involved in the chase was the same car involved in the fatal accident.
The man who tossed the package over the fence at the correctional facility has been identified as Clinton Travis Hunley, a 26-year-old from Foley. Hunley was killed in the crash at Exit 34.
The driver of the car was Jody Lynn Mikel, a 26-year-old from Trafford, Alabama. She survived the crash but has since been arrested by the Department of Corrections. Mikel is charged with murder-reckless and possession of drug paraphernalia. A spokesperson with the department says they also expect to charge Mikel with promoting prison contraband.
The package that was thrown by Hunley into Fountain Correctional contained 25 cell phones, cell phone chargers and synthetic marijuana.
After being taken into police custody, Mikel was booked into the Baldwin County Jail and is awaiting a court appearance.
ORIGINAL STORY – Alabama State Troopers are investigating an accident that claimed at least one life on Interstate 65 in Stockton.
The crash happened Wednesday afternoon near mile marker 34 on I-65 southbound, which is near the Bay Minette exit.
It was a two-vehicle crash and State Troopers confirm that one person was killed.
The crash investigation caused a problem to traffic. Both southbound lanes of I-65 were closed and one northbound lane was blocked. However, all lanes of I-65 are once again open, but the on-ramp onto I-65 from Highway 59 is closed.
Clean-up crews and investigators will be on the scene for most of the afternoon and officials urge motorists to use caution in the area.
Troopers are advising the public to avoid the area if possible. News 5 has a crew on the way to the scene and will update when more information becomes available.