Interstate 85 Crash Tragically Kills Two in Lee County, Alabama (AL)
LEE COUNTY, AL- Valleytimes.com writes that a man and his teenage daughter were both killed in a tragic crash on Interstate 85. The crash occurred in the morning in Lee County. Reports indicate that the father and daughter were in a vehicle in the southbound lane when another car struck them from behind close to mile marker 63.*
The Lee County coroner stated that the father had pulled to the side of the roadway where the girl’s car was left after it had become disabled because of a flat tire. A southbound Chevrolet pickup truck collided with the back of the father’s car, pushing it into his daughter’s vehicle. Both of the victims died instantly in the impact.
The man operating the truck also suffered injuries in the crash, and responders transported him to the Piedmont Midtown Medical Center. The condition of that driver is not known at this time. The victims were sixteen-year-old and 49-years-old at the time of the fatal crash. The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is conducting a postmortem examination of both victims. The investigation is still underway.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2018, 953 people in Alabama died in car crashes. The numbers average out to 19.5 fatalities per 100,000 people in the population. Throughout the nation, there were 36,560 deaths from car crashes that same year. The national average rate of fatalities was 11.2 deaths per every 100,000 people, meaning that Alabama’s roads were far deadlier than the national average. The worst rate in the country was in Mississippi, with 22.2 fatalities per every 100,000 people. In the District of Columbia, the rate was the lowest, with just 4.4 per 100,000 people.
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