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Double DUI – Both drivers charged after 2-vehicle crash

A LifeFlight helicopter lands at the wreck site.

A violent two-vehicle crash that happened March 17 on Alabama 21 sent two teens to hospitals and both drivers to jail.

The wreck occurred around 6:25 p.m. at the state highway’s 4.8-mile marker, just in front of Dixie Catfish Shack. Atmore police directed traffic around the crash and through the restaurant’s parking lot until the roadway was cleared more than an hour later.

According to reports filed by Alabama State Troopers, Kelvin Kentrall Hill, 34, of a Broad Street address in Atmore, was attempting to make a left turn when the 1997 GMC Sierra he was driving was struck by a 1998 Toyota Camry driven by 52-year-old Robert James Kimbrough of a Harris Street address in Atmore.

The collision tore both vehicles apart.

According to a witness, the GMC’s entire rear axle, with tires still attached, was torn loose and sailed through the porch pillars of the building next to Dixie Catfish. The front portion of the Toyota, including its motor, was found about 50 feet south of the battered truck, while the rest of the car was found more than 100 yards south of the impact point.

State troopers reported that two passengers in the Sierra, both of them 16-year-old juveniles, were injured. One was taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital; the other was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

No information was available by Tuesday’s press deadline as to the condition of either teen.

Hill and Kimbrough suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention. Each was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and processed into the Escambia County Detention Center.

Photo at top by Tom Tschida