Man flees scene of multi-vehicle wreck

Lauren Estes-Velez, Hartselle Enquirer

A multi-vehicle wreck occurred on Beltline Road Nov. 7 just after 6 a.m. – and authorities said a suspect who fled the scene could be the primary cause.

Responding officers were advised that there were vehicles on fire and people trapped inside following the multi-vehicle incident. Upon arrival, officers reported finding numerous crashed vehicles, of which two were burned. Decatur Fire and EMS were on scene working to put the fire out and treat the injured people.  

In total, ten vehicles were involved in the crash. Two of the vehicles were burned completely.

The most severe injury, according to authorities, was to the driver of the first vehicle struck, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The driver, identified as 44-year-old Larry Stafford Byrd of Decatur, was flown to UAB in critical condition.

An initial investigation into the wreck revealed that a 2005 Dodge Magnum was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on the Beltline. The driver, 29-year-old Steve Shackelford of Decatur, reportedly failed to stop at the intersection of Old Moulton Road and the Beltline, where numerous vehicles had already come to a stop.

The Dodge Magnum struck the Chevrolet Silverado at high speed and caused a chain collision.  

Officers reported it was originally believed that Shackelford was transported to the hospital by EMS, when, in fact, he left the scene on foot. He was located at his residence and taken into custody.

Shackelford was charged with felony leaving the scene, driving on revoked license, driving with expired tag and no proof of insurance.  

The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

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