Greenville man spared in fatal multi-vehicle crash

Published 11:32 am Saturday, December 2, 2023

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Four vehicles, including one driven by a Greenville man, were involved in an interstate highway crash which claimed the life of an Illinois couple Friday.

The multi-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 9:37 a.m. on Dec. 1, near the 197-mile marker on Interstate Highway I-65, approximately three miles south of Verbena in Autauga County. The 2021 Genesis G90 driven by Leander Robinson, 68, of Greenville, was struck in the rear end by the 2024 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Alfred L. Giles, 62, of Mobile. Robinson was not injured in the crash.

After striking Robinson’s vehicle, the freightliner hit the 2019 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Kevin T. Olson head-on. Kevin Olson, 72, and the passenger, Lilly L. Olson of Princeton, Illinois, were fatally injured in the crash and pronounced deceased at the scene.

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“[After striking the Genesis G90] the Freightliner then crossed the median and struck the 2019 Ford F-150 head-on,” said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Anna Peoples. “Kevin and Lilly Olson were both pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The Ford F-150 pickup was then struck in the rear by the 2022 Ford F-150 driven by Steven L. Olbert, 75, of Oostburg, Wisconsin. The crash included a total of four vehicles, the 2019 Ford F-150, 2024 Freightliner tractor-trailer, 2021 Genesis G90, and the 2022 Ford F-150.

The cause of the crash is not yet determined. Peoples confirmed that neither Robinson nor Olbert were injured.

Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.