Man dies after major crash on Highway 280 eastbound in Lee County



9:59 P.M. — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency tells News 3 that the passenger of the vehicle, 38-year-old, John  Muse of Midland died after being involved in Wednesday’s crash.

State troopers say Muse was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped in the car and taken to Midtown Medical Center where he died shortly after.

They added that the driver, 26-year-old, Regienol Poe of Columbus was transported to Midtown Medical Center as well with serious injuries. The case is still under investigation, but troopers say the preliminary investigation indicated speed may have been a factor in the crash.

12:35 A.M. — Alabama state troopers confirm to WRBL a passenger has died after a major crash on Highway 280 eastbound early Wednesday morning.

Corporal Jesse Thornton says the man passed away shortly after noon.

Investigators say the single vehicle crash happened just after 7:40 a.m. when the driver went off the roadway and hit a telephone poll. The driver was ejected in the crash and the passenger was trapped for close to an hour while crews worked to rescue him.

The driver remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

11:15 A.M. — Law enforcement on the scene of an accident that blocked a large portion on Highway 280 eastbound say the roadway is now clear.

News 3 reporters are still working to learn the cause and details of the crash.

11:00 A.M. — A News 3 reporter on the scene says traffic is still largely blocked on Highway 280 where a car flipped over early Wednesday morning.

Photos show the dark colored car flipped onto its roof near the wood line off the highway.

Opelika investigators confirm to WRBL first responders were able to rescue the driver.

Conditions of the drivers involved in this accident are still unclear.


LEE COUNTY, Ala. —  Drivers, if your commute takes you through Highway 280 in Lee County, you may want to find another way.

News 3 confirms the  Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is on the scene of a single vehicle crash with injuries along US Highway 280 and Lee Road 249. Both eastbound lanes are blocked.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.

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