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Ala. 36 wreck kills 2

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

HARTSELLE — A wreck on a notorious stretch of road killed a man and child late Tuesday morning.

The westbound car, the only vehicle involved, left the road, went down an embankment, struck a tree and landed on its driver side, entrapping both occupants, said Hartselle police Chief Ron Puckett.

Firefighters responding to the 11 a.m. wreck on Main Street East near East Highland Baptist Church freed the
driver and passenger from the vehicle.

Sharpley Funeral Home identified them as Nicklaus L. Irvin, 25, and Nicklaus D. Irvin, 2, of Decatur.

Both went by ambulance to Hartselle Medical Center, where they later died, said Puckett.

"It's tragic for something like that to happen, but it's especially tragic to have it happen at this time of year, to have a man and a child killed," Puckett said.

The wreck remains under investigation.

"There were no braking marks on the road, as from trying to stop or avoid something. From talking to witnesses, no one really saw the wreck happen, so we're not sure why he left the roadway," Puckett said.

"It's maybe a 12-foot ditch there. That is a bad location for somebody to run off the road," he said.

Puckett said the stretch where the accident took place is known around town as "Dead Man's Curve."

"It's been called that all my life," Puckett said. "It's an expression. It's not that that curve is such a bad curve. If you drive the speed limit, it's typically a safe street."

Puckett said he didn't know how many fatal accidents have occurred there, but he recalled at least two.

Puckett said the Tuesday's deaths were the city's second and third traffic fatalities this year.

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