Gold Ridge man killed in Thursday morning crash


CULLMAN – A car crash early Thursday morning claimed the life of a Gold Ridge man. Joseph Dale Spradlin, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick.

The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Alabama Highway 69 and Alabama Highway 157.

“A blue Toyota RAV4 driven by Ashley Victoria Boackle, 25, of Cullman collided with a silver Chevrolet Spark driven by Spradlin, resulting in Spradlin’s death,” said Cullman Police Department Lt. Jeff Warnke.

Warnke said that, according to video and eye witnesses, the time of the crash was 6:53 a.m.

“Mr. Spradlin was dead was at the scene,” said Warnke. “She (Boackle) was transported by Air Evac to Huntsville Hospital for treatment of her injuries.”

Warnke continued, “There is a red light at that intersection and there’s an investigation at this time to determine who was at fault.”

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