The Alexander City Police Department said two people were flown to Birmingham hospitals following a Saturday evening accident on U.S. Highway 280.

“Two vehicles were traveling eastbound on Highway 280 when they collided near the River Bridge,” police chief Jay Turner said. “It was a SUV and a motorcycle. The motorcycle was ahead of the SUV when it began to slow down. It appears the SUV may have run into the motorcycle.”

The collision happened near the intersection of Highway 280 and Elks Lodge Parkway. The vehicles came to rest about halfway down the hill with the SUV on top of the motorcycle and guard rail.

Turner said there were two injuries as a result of the accident.

“There were two people on the motorcycle and both were injured,” Turner said. “They were flown from the scene to UAB (Hospital).”

Traffic in the area was at a standstill as first responders treated the injured and waited for helicopters to land on Highway 280 just west of the River Bridge. Sunday, orange marks were visible in the roadway where investigators marked the spot of the collision and the path the vehicles took until they came to rest. After the collision the vehicles traveled nearly 200 feet.

Turner said Monday morning those on the motorcycle were alive and had suffered head injuries and cuts.

Turner said the accident is still under investigation.

“Our traffic homicide unit is still working on it to recreate what happened,” Turner said. “They are continuing to investigate it to see what happened.”

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.