Montgomery, AL Prison Van Crash, Oct 2008
SEVEN DEAD IN ALABAMA PRISON VAN CRASH WITH TRUCK.
Montgomery, Alabama (AP) - A tractor-trailer and a state van carrying applicants for prison jobs crashed Friday on a rural highway south of Montgomery, and authorities said all seven people in the van died in the fiery wreck.
Prison system spokesman Brian Corbett said the van's driver and six applicants died. The charred, smoldering van was almost unrecognizable. Hours after the crash, responders were cutting into the vehicle to recover the bodies.
"The crash was horrendous enough, but the fire added to the tragedy," said Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, who went to the scene.
The crash happened Friday morning on an isolated stretch of U.S. 82 as the Department of Corrections driver ferried the job applicants from a state prison near Union Springs to another one in Elmore County, Corbett said.
State trooper spokesman John Reese said the crash appeared to be a head-on collision.
He said the driver of the truck hauling wood products, ANDREW DAVID CARTER, 31, of Tifton, Ga., was taken to a Montgomery Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
Victims on the van have been identified as:
RODNEY KELLEY, 36, the driver.
JULIUS BOUIER, 26.
LIONEL MOORE, 18.
JOHN FOYE, JR., 20.
BRANDON ANGLIN, 23.
HENRY SIMMONS, SR., 45.
DERRICK IVEY, 22.
The wreck occurred sometime before 6 a.m.
about 20 miles southeast of Montgomery as the van traveled west toward the capital and the truck was headed east, Reese said. The highway was blocked off about three miles from the wreck site in both directions.
The fire made it so difficult to determine what happened that it was hard for officials to initially know how many people had died.
From An Associated Press Story 2008-10-03