Victim in deadly General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge accident identified


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama State Troopers have released the name of the woman killed in the Tuesday, August 5 General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge accident.

Officials said 42-year-old Debra Diane Hartley of Mobile was ejected from the Ford Explorer when it overturned. They said she was not wearing a seat belt.

They said a 3-year-old was also ejected, but survived.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified by troopers as 40-year-old Arthur E. Lewis. Officials said the vehicle he was driving went into the water.

Lewis and three other people were still inside when the vehicle came to rest. They, along with the 3-year-old, were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Alabama Marine Police, along with officers from Satsuma Police Department and Creola Police Department, worked with Troopers on the accident.

While Troopers investigated, traffic was detoured at Exit 31, and crews worked to clear the scene. While the scene was being cleared, another crash involving a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle occurred near the 27 mile marker.

No injuries were reported, but an Alabama Department of Transportation crew was called in to assist with a diesel-fuel spill on the highway.

By 1 a.m. Aug. 6, the interstate had been cleared.

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