• January 12, 2023

Willie Nettles, Miguel Espinoza Killed in Crash on I-565 in Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL — January 10, 2023, 66-year-old Willie Nettles and 44-year-old Miguel Espinoza died in a collision on Interstate 565 in Limestone County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. along I-565 near County Line Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a box truck and an SUV were both eastbound on the highway when they collided under unknown circumstances. After the impact the box truck caught fire.

One of the drivers was fatally injured in the accident. The other was transported in critical condition to a Huntsville hospital, where they died later that afternoon. It is unclear which vehicles Nettles and Espinoza were driving.

The investigation is ongoing but police believe a medical emergency may have been a factor.

No further information is currently available.


Investigators seem to think one of the drivers suffered a medical emergency and that led to the wreck. That explanation is a little vague, but I can appreciate how it might be motivated by a desire to show some sensitivity to the folks who lost a loved one. What exactly that emergency was may not be something we as members of the public are really entitled to know.

That being said, those drivers' families deserve any information they can get about what happened on I-565. Whether investigators are correct about medical complications or further efforts show other factors were involved as well, I just hope what authorities eventually bring to those folks adds up and can bring them some peace.

Willie Nettles, Miguel Espinoza Killed in Crash on I-565 in Huntsville, AL
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