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Man dies, but
twin survives

Identical Moulton brothers in crash near Courtland; pickup hits tree

By Kristen Bishop · 340-2443

COURTLAND — Less than a month after announcing that one of his New Year’s resolutions was to make his mother a grandmother, a 23-year-old Moulton man died in a one-vehicle wreck in Courtland.

“He told me he wanted to get a good job, find him a little lady and make me a grandma,” said Donna Martin of Decatur.

Martin’s son, Casey Alex Martin of Moulton died Thursday night after his pickup ran off Lawrence County 150 two miles south of Courtland at 11:30 p.m. and struck a tree.

“For whatever reason, he left the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and struck a tree on the driver’s side door,” said Trooper Curtis Summerville, a state trooper spokesman.

Casey Martin’s identical twin brother, Stacy Martin, was a passenger in the vehicle. Casey Martin died instantly at the scene, and Stacy Martin was transported to Huntsville Hospital by an Air Evac helicopter, according to Lawrence County Coroner Micah Coffey.

Huntsville Hospital released Stacy Martin on Friday morning with two broken ribs, said Donna Martin.

“When (Stacy) woke up this morning, he immediately wanted to know where his brother was,” she said. “The doctor told him, and he just broke down. He’s spent the day alone, told me he needed some time.”

Donna Martin said her twin sons had been almost inseparable since birth.

“You saw one, you’d see the other one,” she said. “Even when they played football together, one would be running the ball, and the other would be blocking for him.”

Casey and Alex Martin graduated from Lawrence County High School, where they both played football, in 2001, said Donna Martin.

‘Best friends’

“They were best friends. Like everybody, they had their ups and downs, but they were extremely close,” she said.

Though Stacy Martin was often away working on a tug boat, he lived with his brother a few weeks out of every month, said Donna Martin. The two were on their way to a friend’s house Thursday night, she said.

Summerville said troopers are still investigating the wreck and have not determined whether alcohol was involved.

Funeral for Casey Martin will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home in Moulton. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

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