(Update) 4 killed, including 2 children, in wreck near Joppa

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Senior Alabama State Trooper Chuck Daniel speaks at a press conference about the crash Monday afternoon. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

JOPPA, Ala. – Four people were killed, including two children, in a two-vehicle wreck near Joppa Monday morning. The incident happened along the 7000 block Alabama Highway 67 at approximately 8:04 a.m.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick and Senior Alabama State Trooper Chuck Daniel confirmed the fatalities.

Killed were Allen Dewanne Gore, 41, of Arab and Holly Marie Young, 23, of Arab. The children have been identified only as a 2-year-old female and 3-year-old male.

Said Daniel in a press conference just south of the accident site Monday afternoon, “At approximately 8:04 a.m. this morning, June 3, ALEA State Troopers Decatur Post office received a phone call in reference to a two-vehicle crash on Alabama 67, just south of our location, we are at Alabama Highway 69 and Alabama Highway 67, so about a mile south of our location, just south of Cullman County Road 1763. There was a two-vehicle crash involving a Pontiac Grand Prix and an empty log truck.  There were four confirmed fatalities. All of those fatalities were in the Pontiac Grand Prix. The driver of the log truck was injured and transported to a local area hospital. His injuries were non-life threatening.

“The crash did occur in the southbound lane. The log truck was driving south on Alabama Highway 67 in the southbound lane, and the initial indication is that the other vehicle was in the southbound lane coming northbound.”

Daniel said it appears the Pontiac Grand Prix crossed the center line and struck the log truck head on.

Highway 67, south of Alabama Highway 69, was shut down to County Road 1763 for approximately five hours after the crash.  

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