NICOLE NORRIS & BRUCE BRANUM/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD Four wrecks occurring within a 36 hour period have claimed three lives in Butler County. Three of the wrecks occurred on I-65 from mile markers 124 to 116 and one on Hwy 263.
Saturday night, between the hours of 8:30- 9:00 p.m. a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier left the roadway and struck a tree on Hwy 263 just North of Sterling Lake Road at mile marker 1.5. The driver, a 36-year-old black male was pronounced dead at the scene
Earlier Sunday, two vehicles collided and one was sent into the wire barricade at mile marker 116 on I-65. Though the vehicle did have the wire rope enter the cabin, no person was seriously injured. Five people were taken to the hospital.
The worst wreck happened at mile marker 123.7 Sunday afternoon, in the south bound lane, when a SUV had both tires blow out and then rolled 12 times according to on-scene reports. Of the eight passengers, five were hospitalized; two were found dead on the scene.
Then, early Monday morning an 18-wheeler overturned in the median at mile marker 121. The driver was taken to the hospital and cleanup was expected to continue into the afternoon as the trailer was loaded with drink cans.
The drivers’ names have not been released pending notification of the families. All the wrecks are still under investigation. The Greenville Police Department believes the driver fell asleep on Hwy 263.