Southside Man Killed in Crash on Alabama Highway 77

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A 33-year-old man died on Saturday morning after his truck collided with an 18-wheeler.

Southside Police Chief Blake Ragsdale said the victim is Matthew Ernie Norton.

He was driving south on Alabama Highway 77 in a 2003 GMC Sonoma when he became involved in a collision with a Freightliner driven by a 46-year-old Pell City resident. That vehicle was heading north.

Capt. Jay Freeman said preliminary investigations revealed that the accident took place around 4 a.m. close to Silverwood Drive.

He said officers on the scene reported that it seemed the initial collision occurred in the northbound lane.

Medical personnel and officers tried to save the injured man, but he was declared dead on the spot by personnel from the Etowah County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was treated on the scene. Their identity was not released and it is not known whether they will face charges.

Because of the accident, that area of the highway was closed for several hours while first responders worked on the scene.

Freeman expressed sympathy to Norton’s family.

Meanwhile, Ragsdale thanked the Rainbow City Police Department for responding to the accident and assisting in the investigation.

He also thanked the Glencoe Police Department for their help.

According to the 2018 Crash Facts published by the Alabama Department of Transportation, there were 872 fatal accidents in Alabama in 2018. They resulted in 953 accidents.

Someone reported a traffic accident every 3 minutes and 17 seconds while an individual was injured every 11 minutes and 5 seconds, and someone died every 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, nearly 49 percent of fatal accidents occurred at night inclusive of dusk and dawn.

If you lost a loved one in a crash, reach out to an Alabama car accident lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation.


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