Fiery crash claims life of unknown driver

Authorities have yet to identify a driver who died in a single-vehicle wreck on Friday, Nov. 20, in Hamilton.
According to Alabama State Trooper Public Affairs Officer Gregory Corble, at approximately 11:50 a.m., the unknown driver left the roadway, struck a guard rail, hit a tree and then overturned.
Corble said the 2008 Cadillac Escalade he or she was driving then engulfed in flames. Identification of the body is pending confirmation from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville and notification of next of kin.
The crash occurred approximately 15 miles north of Hamilton on State Highway 19 at the 20.5 mile marker.
Shottsville Volunteer Fire Department was called to respond to the wreck. Shotsville Fire Chief Jeff “Mule” Williams said his department brought two tankers, a rescue truck and four firefighters. Byrd Volunteer Fire Department was called in to assist and brought two additional firefighters and a tanker. Williams said when first responders arrived the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The fire took approximately 10 minutes to extinguish. He said the vehicle had come to rest at the edge of a wooded area. He said the fire had begun to spread to the surrounding area but was contained.
The firefighters used extrication tools to tear away the vehicle’s body and open up space to extract the body of the driver from the vehicle.
Williams said his men were on-site for between two to three hours.


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