Tuesday evening, on December 13th, an SUV went into water with seven people inside. The Cherokee County authorities arrived on the scene shortly after, at Leesburg Landing.
According to a press release, Jeremy Deaton, County Coroner said that four people were killed in the accident, two others sustained multiple injuries, and one is still missing.
The Cherokee County authorities were able to pull two people out of the car. The passengers were immediately transported to a Gadsden hospital. Because a police investigation is underway, authorities did not disclose the identity of the victims or whether they are related to each other. However, Jeremy Deaton said that no children were involved in the incident.
Police officers on the scene said that they received the call informing them of the accident around 7 p.m. Leesburg Landing is located at the end of a gravel road, extending to Weiss Lake from U.S. 411. At this point, the cause of the accident is still unclear. However, one of the first responders says that the weather conditions may have played a part in the outcome. According to the witnesses’ accounts, it was very foggy when the SUV went into the water.
According to the county coroner, the police is now investigating all circumstances. A nearby power station maintained by Alabama Power Co. on Weiss Lake was shut down, while the first dealt with strong current and cold conditions in their search for other victims, as well as the missing person. The recovery operation assembled at 11 p.m. consisted of two boats. One was a rescue squad craft, and the other was an ALEA Marine Police Boat. Also, authorities managed to pull the SUV out of the water at that time.
Other agencies also assisted with the search and rescue operation, including the Leesburg Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and multiple other city and fire departments.
In 2016, Alabama’s the number of people who lost their lives in a car crash rose with 7.2 when compared to 2014 and 2015. This significant increase in traffic fatalities is also the largest recorded in the past 50 years, according to Alabama officials.
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