Two dead in Tuesday Opelika traffic wreck

Two people were killed in a three-vehicle traffic accident in Opelika Tuesday afternoon.

The identities of the deceased are not being released until the victims' families have been notified.

The accident occurred at around 5 p.m. between the 57 mile marker and the 58 mile marker of Interstate 85, near the Saugahatchee Country Club.

Upon arrival, officers observed a 2000 black four-door BMW 328i lying on its passenger side across both lanes of traffic, a 2000 black four-door Lincoln LS facing south off the interstate on the improved shoulder and a 2003 brown four-door Mercedes in the outside lane of traffic facing north.

One of the vehicles was on fire, but it was quickly extinguished.

According to witnesses, the BMW was travelling south on the interstate, when the driver lost control of the car and crossed the median. It struck the Mercedes on the back left quarter panel, as well as the front end of the Lincoln.

The driver of the BMW was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. The driver of the Lincoln at 5:28 p.m.

Two other occupants of the Lincoln were also injured. One was transported to the East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance and another was transported to The Medical Center by Life Flight helicopter. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The four occupants of the Mercedes required no medical attention.

The deceased will be transported to the medical examiner's office in Montgomery for autopsies.

The accident remains under investigation by the Opelika Police Department, Lee County Coroner's Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.