At Least Eight Die in Weekend Traffic Accidents in Alabama

Alabama state troopers are reporting at least eight traffic deaths on Alabama's rural roads over the weekend.

The toll includes an Etowah County couple who died Sunday in a one-vehicle accident at the 110 Alabama Adventure Parkway Exit of Interstate 59 in Bessemer.

Bessemer Police said the vehicle ran off the interstate about 2:40 pm and overturned several times in the median. 58-year-old Ronald Kitchens of Southside and his wife, 57-year-old Charmaine Kitchens were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police in Millbrook say a man was struck and killed Friday night on a city street. Officers said the man was in his 30s, but declined to release his name.

In Macon County, troopers said 51-year-old James Lawler of Tuskegee was killed Friday night when the vehicle he was driving ran off County Road 59 and struck a tree. The crash occurred about a half mile from Notasulga.

Other deadly accidents were reported in Baldwin, Marengo, Shelby and Lamar counties.

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