Jacksonville police say three people were critically injured in a car accident that shut down Highway 21 for hours Friday.
The wreck happened just after 11 a.m. on Highway 21. Police say a Chevy Blazer SUV was travelling south at a high rate of speed, when a Jacksonville Police officer clocked it speeding. Before the officer could catch up to the car, the wreck had taken place.
Police say the Blazer collided with a John Deere tractor at the intersection of Pelham Road (which is also Highway 21) and Greenleaf Road, then came to a rest about a block south of that. Assistant Police Chief Bill Wineman says it was determined a man was trying to rush his wife to a hospital with chest pains, and had his hazard lights flashing. He also says the woman's arm was cut off in the wreck.
Police say the driver of the tractor was thrown from his vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to Regional Medical Center in Anniston while the couple was airlifted to an unknown hospital in Birmingham. All three were described as having critical injuries when they left the scene. Their names were not immediately available.
In addition, a spreader trailer being pulled by the tractor, struck a small car right behind it. Police say the car backed into a pickup truck as it tried to avoid the spreader. No one was injured in that portion of the crash.
Highway 21 was shut down in all four lanes as police investigated the wreck and cleaned up debris. The highway reopened sometime after 2 p.m
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