From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A DUI driver caused two crashes on Interstate 65 northbound at the 271 mile marker at about 5:10 a.m. on Thursday.
According to Alabama State Trooper Corporal Steve Smith, the first crash occurred when the intoxicated driver lost control of his vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver left the roadway, striking the median guardrail, then re-entered I-65 and struck a semi-tanker truck.
The vehicle came to final rest in the middle of the dark roadway.
A short period following the first crash, a Jefferson County Deputy who was traveling north struck the DUI driver’s vehicle.
After that impact, the patrol vehicle became out of control, hit the median guardrail, crossed over into I-65 southbound and overturned several times.
The deputy was taken to UAB Highlands and the intoxicated driver was taken to UAB for treatment. None of the parties involved are believed to have serious injuries.
The intoxicated driver, Dejaun Dawson ,35, of Birmingham, was charged with DUI and operating a vehicle without insurance. Due to Dawson being treated for injuries, he was not taken to jail. No further information is available at this time.