BREAKING: Troopers identify passenger in I-10 wrong-way crash suspect’s vehicle

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BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — 

UPDATE: Friday, April 5 4:35 pm

Alabama state troopers have identified one of three people who died in the suspect vehicle involved in the police chase on I-10 Monday. 

Troopers say Crystal Lee Moradie, 34, of Converse Texas was one of the passengers in the car.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 4 12:11 pm

Family members of 81-year-old Joseph Andrews say at 11:00 a.m. he died of his injuries. They say he was the driver of the innocent car that was hit head-on by the suspects trying to get away from deputies Monday on Interstate 10. 

Family members call him “vibrant” and say “you’d never know he was 81.” 

UPDATE (4/2 5:30pm): Alabama State troopers released more information on the fiery crash on I-10 that happened Monday afternoon. 

The following is a press release from ALEA: 

“At approximately 1:49 p.m. on Monday, April 1, Alabama State Troopers were notified of a two-vehicle crash with multiple fatalities on I-10 just west of the Baldwin Beach Express (Exit 49) in Baldwin County.  The preliminary investigation indicates that a vehicle pursuit ensued when a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu refused to yield during an attempted traffic stop by a Baldwin County deputy on I-10 eastbound near Loxley.  The Chevrolet eventually began traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-10 where it collided head-on with a 2018 Ford Escape.  The driver of the Ford, Joseph L. Andrews, 81, of St. Simons Island, GA, was injured and airlifted to University Hospital in Mobile for treatment of serious injuries.  A passenger, Kevin J. Andrews, 54, of Milton, FL, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash; both men—father and son—were using seat belts.  The driver and both passengers of the Chevrolet were pronounced dead at the scene; positive identification is pending.  The fiery crash resulted in the closure of both lanes of westbound I-10 for a little more than four hours as crews worked to clear the scene.  No further information is available as troopers continue to investigate the crash.”

UPDATE (9:23 p.m.): The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office confirms four people have died in the crash. 

A witness tells News 5 she saw the police chase while she was driving to work on I-10. Sierra Davis says the car officers were chasing forced her off the road.

“He was trying to go around me, so I tried to get over a little bit. He went through the cars, and I like had to swerve off the road,” she said. “I was in the parking lot, on the phone with my mom telling her what happened, and I saw smoke literally right on the other side of the trees where the interstate is.”

UPDATE (3 p.m.):

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle was driving in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes and hit another vehicle head-on. The sheriff’s office says three people inside the suspected vehicle died, and the passenger in the car that was hit died. The driver was airlifted to University Hospital in Mobile for treatment. 

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says the pursuit began after a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop. 

The chase started on eastbound I-10 near the Loxley exit, got off at the Wilcox exit and turned around westbound. The sheriff’s office says after over a mile, the vehicle made a U-turn and started to head in the opposite direction on the westbound lanes, hitting a vehicle head-on. 

The sheriff’s office says the suspect car rolled over the guard rail and caught fire. 

The sheriff’s office says both vehicles had out of state license plates. 

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is the primary investigative police agency and working the case as a traffic homicide. 

I-10 westbound lanes will be closed for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours between the Loxley and Baldwin Beach Express exits. Westbound traffic is being rerouted off the Wilcox exit. The eastbound lanes are not affected. 

WATCH THE FULL UPDATE FROM THE SHERIFF BELOW:

ORIGINAL STORY (2 p.m.) — Loxley Police confirm multiple fatalities in a fiery crash on Interstate 10 westbound.

Police say they were chasing someone and soon after a crash happened at I-10 WB at Baldwin Beach Express. Interstate 10 westbound is closed. Please use Beach Express. 

News 5 has crews on the way to the scene. 

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