One person was killed and four people were injured in a traffic accident in Lee County this afternoon, said coroner Bill Harris.
At around 1:45 p.m., a tractor trailer and Ford vehicle collided head-on, killing 19-year-old Javae Jamison of Opelika, who was a passenger in the Ford, Harris said.
Harris said the driver, 23-year-old Marquisha Simmons of Auburn apparently lost control of the vehicle and crossed over into the path of the southbound tractor trailer driven by 45-year-old James Etheridge of Headland, Alabama.
Jamison was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle on impact and killed instantly. Harris pronounced Jemison dead at the scene at 2:18 p.m.
Simmons and her other two passengers along with Etheridge were transported to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment.
The tractor trailer was loaded with lumber and the load was scattered for approximately 100 yards along and in the highway. Both vehicles were a total loss in the accident. The highway remained closed and traffic was rerouted for several hours while cleanup crews cleared the roadway.
Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the accident, Harris said. The accident remains under investigation by the Lee County Coroner’s office and the Alabama State Troopers.