06-08-2003, 07:54 AM #1
Six people die in Alabama Interstate Accident
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Six Killed in Ala. Interstate Crash
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FLOMATON, Ala. (AP) - A van crossed the median of a highway in southern Alabama and collided with a pickup truck, killing six people and injuring three others in a crash local authorities described as one of the worst they had ever seen.
The force of the collision ripped the van's transmission from the vehicle and scattered debris along more than 100 yards of highway, Cpl. James Patterson with the state patrol.
``It looks more like an airplane crash scene than a car crash,'' said Jim Johnson of the Flomaton Volunteer Fire Department. ``The van's front end just disintegrated. I've never seen so much debris. All the windows exploded on impact from the looks of it.''
``This is one of the most severe crashes we've ever had in Alabama,'' Patterson said.
He said evidence at the scene indicated three occupants in the van were ejected onto the side of the highway up to about 40 feet from where the van came to rest.
A third vehicle struck the transmission that lay in the roadway, and personal items such as pieces of a beaded necklace, eyeglasses and cosmetics and women's dress shoes could be seen along the road.
State Troopers did not release the identities of the five women and one man who died. The six killed were riding in the van, a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette.
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06-09-2003, 02:26 AM #2
Head-on collision on I-65 kills six; three injured
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FLOMATON, Ala. (AP) - Six people were killed and three injured
when a van traveling north on Interstate 65 near Flomaton crossed
the median and collided with a pickup truck.
State troopers on Sunday identified the dead as van driver Katie
Thomas, 47, and John Norwood, 66, both of Montgomery, and Julia
Thomas, 70, Doris Robinson, 69, Sallie Ann Russell, 81, Mildred
Rawlinson, 64, all of Prattville.
The Saturday afternoon accident was one of the most severe in
the state's history, said Cpl. James Patterson, a spokesman for the
The six killed were riding in a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette van
that collided head-on with a 2002 Dodge pickup driven by
Christopher Scott Garrett, 24, of Mathews, Patterson said. Alana
Miller, 22, of Auburn, was a passenger in the truck.
The force of the collision ripped the van's transmission from
the vehicle and scattered debris along more than 100 yards of
highway at mile marker 65, Patterson said.
A third vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Leslie Kenneth
Thomas, 69, of McDonough, Ga., struck the transmission that lay in
Patterson said evidence at the scene indicated the van rotated
with the force of the impact, ejecting three occupants onto the
side of the highway up to about 40 feet from where the van came to
Patterson said three of those killed were wearing seat belts and
investigators had not yet determined if the others were wearing
Investigators interviewed witnesses in trying to find the cause
of the crash. But weather does not appear to have been a major
factor and there was no evidence drugs or alcohol played a role,
Jim Johnson of the Flomaton Volunteer Fire Department said the
crash scene was the worst he's seen: "It looks more like an
airplane crash scene than a car crash," he said. "The van's front
end just disintegrated. I've never seen so much debris. All the
windows exploded on impact from the looks of it."
Garrett was listed in serious condition at an area hospital.
Thomas, with minor injuries, and Miller also were taken to
hospitals, but their conditions were not available.
"This is one of the most severe crashes we've ever had in
Alabama," Patterson said.
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06-16-2003, 08:01 PM #3
I am hoping CISM is alive & well in that area, as rescuers are going to have stress & feelings about this call.
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