Speed, Fatigue Cited in Fatal Crash Near Opp

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alabama state troopers say the driver of a van involved in an accident that killed two West Virginia teenagers on a post-graduation trip had fallen asleep at the wheel.

The van, driven by Matthew Rowsey, was traveling 65 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone when it veered onto the right shoulder of U.S. 331 on June 10th near Opp.

Rowsey overcorrected and lost control of the van, which collided with an oncoming car.

The report was released this week.

The accident killed Bobby Gleason and Chris Withers, both 18. Three other teens in the van were treated at hospitals and released. The group, all recent high school graduates, was returning from a trip to Panama City, Florida.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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