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Troopers say auto apparently crossed path of 2nd vehicle in crash fatal to 5

NEWBERN (AP) — State troopers said an elderly couple's car apparently pulled into the path of another vehicle in a collision that killed five people at a rural Hale County intersection, based on the preliminary investigation.

State Trooper John Reese said Tuesday the wreck is still under investigation and it may be two weeks or longer before a final report is prepared.

Troopers said Newell Wayne Icher, 73, and his wife, Blanche Icher, 70, were in a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria that he was driving when it collided with a 1988 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Markiece Quarles, 23, with two passengers, Matthew Snead, 20, and Keith Evans, 24. The five, all from Newbern, were killed about 9:10 p.m. Sunday.

Reese said the preliminary investigation showed that the Ford was traveling eastbound on Hale County Road 10, approaching the intersection of Alabama Highway 61, and the Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Alabama 61.

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