Alabama 167 deemed "deadly" after another fatal crash

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 11:26 PM CDT
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It's been two days since 3 people, including a child, died in a crash on a Coffee County highway.

"This is nothing new, this has been going on for years.."

Kevin Goodyear has operated a wrecker in Coffee County since he can remember, and says unfortunately.. Mondays fatal accident came as no surprise.

Kevin Goodyear, coffee county wrecker

"Well i could take you up on that highway and show you event after event after event.. certainly every mile marker.. i can show you places where I've had major tractor trailer events, major car events.. fatality after fatality after fatality."

Alabama highway 167 is a 2 lane roadway that stretches for miles.

With a mix of commercial workers, local traffic, commuters, tourists and beach traffic, it is a road well traveled.

"You know we have the motorcycle rally, we have events concerts and things like that that bring a whole lot of traffic on that roadway.."

But coming off a major highway at speeds between 75 and 80 miles an hour, Goodyear says people don't adjust to 167's 55 mile an hour limit.

"You've got two people traveling in both directions over the speed limit and one of them crosses the center line and bam.. its bad."

And that's what Coffee County Coroner Robert Preachers says happened on Monday.

It appears the driver of the mini-van, Amy Nivens crossed lanes, causing a head-on collision with the other driver.. 28 year old Michael Hobdy.

Witnesses say Nivens was swerving in and out of traffic for miles.

The crash killed both drivers and Nivens' 5 year old son, Chandler.

"If people would slow down life would be a lot better for everybody."

Other people around the area say they would love to see a 4 lane road, but don't believe that is an idea they see happening any time soon.

There were 3 children in the mini van, the surviving two are at hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time.