Multi-vehicle I-65 wreck leaves 1 dead

(Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 northbound in Cullman County claimed the life of an Indiana woman Wednesday.  

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick identified the victim as Ruth Bahr, 58, of Vincennes, Indiana.  

The wreck happened at approximately 10:40 a.m. near mile marker 291.  

Alabama State Troopers said Bahr was fatally injured when the 2017 Buick Envision in which she was a passenger was struck in the rear by a 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Davinder S. Marwah, 35, of Fresno, California. The impact caused the Buick to strike the guardrail.  

After the initial impact, the Volvo rear-ended a 2015 Nissan Altima driven by Steven T. Allison, 56, of Florence. The impact caused the Nissan to strike the undercarriage of a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by Aushiana D. Ivy, 28, of Tupelo, Mississippi. 

Both the driver of Buick, Gail L. Taylor, 63, of Enfield, Illinois, and a second passenger of the Buick, Deborah Barmes, 65, of Vincennes, Indiana, were injured. Taylor was transported to Cullman Regional for treatment, and Barmes was transported to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital for treatment.  

The passenger of the Nissan, Tammy Lafayette Allison, 53, of Florence, was also injured and transported to Cullman Regional for treatment.  

The drivers of the Nissan and the Freightliner were not injured.  

Bahr was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash, which occurred on Interstate 65 near Alabama Highway 91, approximately 1 mile north of Colony, in Cullman County.  

Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate. 

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