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Driver hits van full of inmates

CAPSHAW — A vehicle struck a van with 13 state inmates during Wednesday’s rain showers.

Limestone Correctional Facility Lt. Richard Frasier said there were no injuries from the 11:20 a.m. wreck.

The van was transferring state prisoners from Montgomery to the prison. Frasier said the van was traveling east on U.S. 72 and making a left turn onto East Limestone Road.

Frasier said a vehicle also going eastbound slid on the wet road.

“It came down the hill and slid and clipped the right rear part of the van,” he said. “The driver hit the breaks but couldn’t stop in the rain.”

There was minimal vehicle damage. Frasier said the prison’s medical staff checked the inmates and two officers in the van and all were OK.

- Holly Hollman

2 hurt in Hartselle wreck near U.S. 31

HARTSELLE — A two-vehicle wreck here Wednesday morning sent both drivers to area hospitals.

Jackie Taylor, 59, of Hartselle was transported by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital, Police Chief Ron Puckett said.

Emergency medical technicians at the scene said she had a broken leg.

Allen Sparks, 42, of Hartselle was taken by ambulance to Hartselle Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Details about the drivers’ conditions were not available.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. near U.S. 31 and Hayes Street.

- Deangelo McDaniel

Most not ready to go cellular only

While news reports nationally have found young adults abandoning landline telephones in favor of using only cell phones, most readers responding to a Daily poll are not as quick to cut the cord.

When asked, “Have you replaced your home landline phone with a cell phone, or do you expect to do so within the next two years?” 43.15 percent (63 votes) said yes, while 56.85 percent (83 votes) answered no.

The poll at www.decaturdaily.com was unscientific and ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

- Franklin Harris

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