Another deadly car crash in north-central Alabama claimed the lives of a Locust Fork woman and two children Wednesday, May 24 – the latest car crash victims in a series of collisions that have occurred in Blount County in a span of 10 days.
According to AL.com, Alabama State Troopers said that a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old Blountsville teenage boy left its lane on Alabama 79 at 9:33 a.m. and veered into the path of a Cadillac SRX.
The head-on collision killed 47-year-old Locust Fork resident Deanna Whitfield and two of her granddaughters.
One of the granddaughters, 7-year-old Sierra Grace Thomas, was pronounced dead at the scene. Five-year-old Maddison Ava Thomas was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital, where she died shortly after arrival.
Both Ms. Whitfield and the teen driver who caused the crash were taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Ms. Whitfield was pronounced dead at the hospital. The teen driver remains hospitalized at UAB with unspecified injuries.
An infant in Ms. Whitfield’s SUV was not seriously injured and was scheduled to be released from Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.
According to AL.com, six people have been killed in Blount County crashes since Sunday, May 21. A total of nine people have died in Blount County car crashes in the last 10 days.
A 79-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy were killed May 21 when their vehicle was struck head-on while traveling on Alabama 79 in the Dallas community. Two others were airlifted to local hospitals with serious injuries.
On March 23, another car crash in Blount County claimed a life, but details of that crash haven’t been released. All of the car crashes remain under investigation.