Brewton man, woman dies in multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 Dec. 2

Published 3:08 pm Monday, December 5, 2022

A Brewton man and woman died in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 near the 63-mile marker on Dec. 2, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Sgt. Jeremy Burkett said the crash occurred at approximately 1:35 a.m., and involved some five vehicles.

Burkett said Jewell W. Smith, 57, was fatally injured when the 2009 Ford Escape she was driving was struck in the rear by a 2015 International tractor-trailer driving by Kevin L. Turner, 56, of Citronelle.

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Burkett said Johnny W. Smith, 36, a passenger in the Escape, was also fatally injured. Both Johnny and Jewell Smith were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Burkett said after the initial collision, the Escape was then pushed forward and struck the 2012 Mazda Miata, driving by Kenneth M. Queen, 60, of Opp. The International truck then struck the 2018 Kenworth tractor-trailer, which was driven by Jose M. Reyna, 43, of Mexico.

Burkett said after striking the Kenworth, the International truck then struck the 2018 Volvo tractor-trailer, which was driven by Omonjod Mahmudov, 46, of Pikesville, Md.

Burkett said the 2018 Kenworth then struck the 2023 Kenworth, which was driven by Yanira I. Molina, 40, of Orlando, Fla.

The crash occurred approximately 14 miles northeast of Atmore, and nothing further is available as troopers with ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.