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4 wrecks, 3 deaths in 5 days


One person was injured in this one-vehicle wreck last Monday. (Cecil Folds/The Standard)

One person was injured in this one-vehicle wreck last Monday. (Cecil Folds/The Standard)



Three people were killed and another injured in four different wrecks on Butler County roadways over the course of five days, according to local and state law enforcement agencies.

On Monday, the BS&W Volunteer Fire Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, a State Trooper and Gem’s ambulance were called to a car wreck on Mobile Hwy South. A 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Nellie Rudolph of Georgiana was traveling south and veered across the northbound lane, ran into a ditch, hit a bank and flipped upside down. Rudolph was checked out by Gem’s personnel and though no life-threatening injuries were found, she was transported to L.V. Stable ER to be checked.

On Monday, Efrain Angel Gonzalez, 22, of Georgia was killed when the 2007 Suzuki he was operating struck a 2014 Nissan Rogue on Hwy. 106 at the intersection of Co Rd. 17, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The wreck occurred after Gonzalez refused to stop for the Georgiana Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Wednesday, Sterling Lawter, 51, of South Carolina was killed when his 2000 Freightliner Cascadia at the 113 mile marker of Interstate 65, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The driver of the Cascadia, Jimmy Allen Brown, 62, of Mobile was not injured. Nothing further is available as the crash is still under investigation.

Early Friday Morning, a one vehicle wreck occurred on Hummingbird Lane leaving one dead. The accident is being investigated by the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. According to Sheriff Kenny Harden, “The vehicle left the road and struck a tree killing the occupant. Speed may have been a factor.” As of now the name of the deceased is being held until all family has been notified.



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