A wreck Tuesday morning claimed the life of a Somerville woman on Point Mallard Parkway, a road that was the scene of at least four fatalities in crashes last year.
Ramsey Williams, 30, of Somerville, sustained blunt force trauma injuries and was declared dead at the scene, said Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn. Chunn said she was wearing a seat belt.
The five-vehicle wreck, which took place about 7:15 a.m., was just north of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Alabama 67. Traffic was down to one northbound and one southbound lane, causing lengthy traffic jams in both directions.
Others were injured in the wreck, according to Decatur police. No other information was available late Tuesday afternoon.
Last September, two Huntsville residents died and one person was injured in a two-vehicle collision on Point Mallard Parkway, just west of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.
At least two other deaths occurred in crashes on the road last year.
In late February, a Falkville man died in a three-vehicle crash in the 2900 block of Point Mallard Parkway near Indian Hills Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A collision on the road near Priceville, just west of Interstate 65, in January between a motorcycle and a vehicle left the motorcyclist dead, according to Decatur police.
A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation said that in monitoring crash activity in this area, factors involved include driver impairment and driving too fast for conditions.
In 2016, after a fatal crossover crash, the Alabama Department of Transportation reviewed crash history in this area over a five-year period — 2012 to 2016 — and did not find a trend of crossover crashes, said Seth Burkett, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation.
"We did identify driving too fast for conditions as a concern," he said.
He said ALDOT conducted a speed study in 2018 and recommended that the city lower the speed limit, but the city did not act on the recommendation.
"We have continued to monitor crash activity in this area," Burkett said. "Factors involved in fatal crashes include driver impairment and driving too fast for conditions."
The average daily traffic count in 2017 at a point near Tuesday's accident site was 28,090, according to ALDOT data.
Aside from the speed limit, Burkett said there are limitations on ways to improve safety on a corridor surrounded by Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.
"In this area, we have limited right of way and limited options as far as physical safety improvements," Burkett said. "The greatest potential safety improvements are in the hands of motorists: reduce speed, drive accordingly for conditions and don’t drive distracted or under the influence."