Early Morning Accident Ties up Highway 431

An early morning car accident ties up traffic on Highway 431 for hours.

A green Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading north on Reeves street. Maroon Dodge van reportedly rear ended the Jeep igniting the gas tank before going over the edge into the water.

The Jeep was said to be partly submerged underwater upside down forcing the driver to crawl to the back and breathe toxic fumes and encounter flames.

Dothan Fire Department, Chris Etheridge says our primary concern is to extinguish the fire and get the victim out it took about 20 minutes to get the victim completely excavated from the victim from the vehicle.

The Jeep's driver was transported to Birmingham hospital's burn unit with carbon monoxide poisoning, bruised lungs, and a burnt face, nose and throat.

The driver of the van was transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center with minor injuries.