Troopers: Tree in road kills two in two crashes

(WTVY) — Alabama State Troopers say two are dead in two separate crashes after crashing into a tree in the road.

The crashes happened on AL 97 at the 7 mile marker, 7 miles south of Highland Home.

Troopers say the first crash happened at 5:50 am Sunday morning when Reginald Bernard Howard, of Selma, drove his the truck into a tree in the roadway. Bernard was pronounced dead at the scene by Crenshaw County Coroner Ronnie Turner. A passenger, Tyrome Butler, 46, also of Selma was transported to Baptist South in Montgomery due to injuries sustained in the crash.

Minutes later Dillion Alexander Roberts, 26, was killed when the 2000 Ford Expedition he was driving struck the same tree. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene by Crenshaw County Coroner Ronnie Turner.

Although the circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation, preliminary investigation indicates bad weather was a factor in the crash.

Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.