Update: Thursday afternoon Blount County crash kills 2


BLOUNT COUNTY – Two people are dead following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 278 near mile marker 102 in Blount County Thursday afternoon. The wreck happened at approximately 3:50 p.m.

According to Alabama State Troopers, a 16-year-old teenager from Altoona was seriously injured when the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier she was driving collided with a 2000 Ford Windstar driven by Jo Cornelius Cloud, 79, of Guntersville.

The teen was airlifted to UAB Hospital where she later died. A 17-year-old passenger in the Cavalier was pronounced dead at the scene. Cloud, along with an adult passenger, was airlifted to UAB Hospital.

A 6-year-old child passenger in the Windstar van was airlifted to Children’s of Alabama with serious injuries. A 7-year-old child passenger in the minivan was transported to Children’s of Alabama with minor injuries.

The roadway was closed for at least two hours following the crash.

Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

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