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Portion of Hwy 431 near New Hope reopened after fatal wreck

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New Hope Police are checking with local business owners to see if they have any security footage of the crash. New Hope Police are checking with local business owners to see if they have any security footage of the crash.
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Authorities closed a portion of Highway 431 as emergency crews responded to a serious wreck near Merritt Drive in New Hope.

Authorities said around 1:30 p.m. a Toyota Camry and a motorcycle collided as the bike pulled out from a local business. Both people on the motorcycle died on scene. New Hope Police are checking with local business owners to see if they have any security footage of the crash.

Witnesses said the driver of the Toyota stumbled out of her vehicle and collapsed on the ground seconds after the crash. They said minutes later, the car caught on fire.

"You could hear steam like a car was about to explode or something," said Tyler Daniel, a witness. "At that time there wasn't any flames. It was about five to ten minutes after that we began to see fire coming up."

Owens Crossroads Police, Madison County Sheriff's Department, HEMSI and fire units responded to the scene.

All four lanes of Highway 431 were closed because of the wreck. Traffic was diverted and motorists were advised to avoid the area. The road has since been reopened.

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