The people thrown from the bed of a pickup
truck in an Albertville wreck Wednesday were legally riding there, according to
20-year-old Matthew Nathaniel McCollum of
Horton remains in critical condition, while 19-year-old Taylor Shae Sims has
been released from the hospital. The pair was thrown from a truck bed in a
crash in Albertville on Wednesday. A Nissan Altima hit the truck as it crossed
into the northbound lane attempting to go to Crossroads Mall.
Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson said
it is legal for adults to ride in the back of a pickup truck, but children must
be secured inside the vehicle, according to Alabama child restraint laws. That
law requires infant-only seats for children up to one year of age, or who weigh
20 pounds or less. Convertible seats are to be used until the child is age
five, or weighs 40 pounds.
Booster seats are required until the child
reaches the age of six. After that, seat belts are required until children
reach the age of 15.
The fine for not adhering to this law is $25
plus court costs. Court costs can be waived by a judge if a proper safety
restraint is installed in the car.