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Troopers investigate second fatal crash on overpass in 8 days

Alabama state troopers are investigating a second deadly crash in eight days near mile marker 319 on Interstate 65 in Morgan County. Alabama state troopers are investigating a second deadly crash in eight days near mile marker 319 on Interstate 65 in Morgan County.
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama state troopers are investigating a second deadly crash in eight days near mile marker 319 on Interstate 65 in Morgan County.

Investigators said Dwight McKenzie Jett III, 26, lost control of his Ford Mustang, and the car flipped over the guardrail and landed in the ravine about 60 ft. below. He was the son of Decatur School Board member Dwight Jett.

"It's tragic. McKenzie was not only a student in our system, I had the privilege of being principal at Austin High School for several years while he was there. The family just defines family, and it's just a tragic loss for our community," said Decatur Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols.

Investigators said they were still determining if speed or wet roads played a factor.

It is the same spot where an 18-wheeler crashed last week. The driver, Gregory Kimbrell, 40, of Huntsville was killed. On November 15th, a truck driver who authorities said shot himself in the head with a pellet gun crashed into the ravine.

"They might go down on the speed limit some because people fly and they seem not to realize how dangerous it [is in] that area, up in the hills and the curves and all. There's been a lot of deaths in that area. So, I think it could be helped by reducing the speed limit some," said Cullman resident Donna Perkins.

"I think that would help a lot to reduce it 15-to-20 miles per hour. No lower. It always has, as long as I can remember, been dangerous through there," said Jackie Cupp of Cullman.

Alabama Department of Transportation officials said before they make any changes when there are multiple wrecks in the same area, they look at factors such as were the accidents caused by the road or by driver error.

They said they have not been considering any changes on that stretch of I-65.

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