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Wreck victims were legally riding in truck bed

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The victims were thrown from the truck bed. The victims were thrown from the truck bed.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The people thrown from the bed of a pickup truck in an Albertville wreck Wednesday were legally riding there, according to Guntersville Police.

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.

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