Alabama State Troopers say alcohol may have been a factor in two west Alabama vehicular accidents that claimed the lives of two people and injured two more.
One crash occurred on Friday afternoon on Alabama 32 about 12 miles southwest of Aliceville in Pickens County. Three people died after a Dodge Durango is driven by Richard Armstrong, 31, struck a ditch, left the roadway, and overturned multiple times.
The passengers, Joe Knox, 43; Jeffery Lee Armstrong, 41 and Horace James Armstrong, 42, and were ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. All three men were residents of Aliceville.
Meanwhile, Richard Armstrong and another passenger suffered injuries and they were taken to UAB Hospital.
The accident remains under investigation, but the authorities said speeding and alcohol could be contributing factors.
The men were not wearing seatbelts when the crash occurred.
Meanwhile, 59-year-old Ronnie Lee Mack of York, Sumter County died in a wreck on Thursday.
He was driving a 1998 Mazda Protégé when he was struck by a 2004 Western Star at the intersection of Sumter County 13 and U.S. 80. The Western Star was driven by Willie Clarence Davis, a 79-year-old resident of Collinsville Mississippi.
Mack was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. No further details were made available.
As of September 1, 2019, all passengers in Alabama are required to wear a seatbelt. Previously, only those traveling in the front seat and minors had to buckle up.
The National Transportation Safety Board estimates seat belt use saved almost 15,000 lives in 2017. Meanwhile, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation, 60 percent of the people who died in car crashes in 2017 were not wearing seat belts.
If you suffered injuries in a crash or a loved one died, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an Alabama car accident lawyer for advice.