Crash sends 2 to hospital

A single-vehicle crash on Saturday sent two men to the hospital.


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PELL CITY -- Two men were injured in a single-vehicle crash Saturday in which the driver may have been intoxicated.

Pell City Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Kurzejeski said his agency responded to the emergency call at around 3:15 p.m.

Cpl. Steve Smith, of the Alabama State Troopers post in Birmingham, said the crash happened along Alabama 34, near the Noah’s Drive intersection.

He said the driver of the 1998 Toyota Rav SUV, identified as Robert Dale Jones, 54, of Pell City, was traveling west on Alabama 34 near Noah’s Drive at a high rate of speed.

“Jones failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway,” Smith said. “The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned several times.”

Smith said the passenger of the vehicle, identified as Glen Hopkins, 54, was transported by Life Saver Helicopter to UAB Hospital after he was ejected from the vehicle.

Smith said Jones was transported to UAB Hospital by ambulance. Smith said Jones was allegedly driving under the influence at the time of the crash.

A UAB Hospital spokesperson said Monday that information about the condition of either man was not available.

“The findings of the crash investigation will be presented to the district attorney’s office,” Smith said.