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2 cyclists die when hit by pickup

SPANISH FORT (AP) — Two bicycle riders were killed when they were hit by a pickup whose driver lost control on a curve on a rural Baldwin County road used by cyclists, state troopers said.

Baldwin County Coroner Jim Small identified the victims of Monday's accident as William Frederick Imle, 48, of Daphne and Archie Leroy Clemons Jr., 46, of Spanish Fort.

State troopers said a preliminary investigation revealed Patrick Blake Young Ballard, 19, was coming in the opposite direction just before 9 a.m. Monday when he lost control on a curve and struck the bicyclists. The Silverado then crashed into a ditch and overturned, ejecting Ballard and his 17-year-old female passenger.

Both were taken to University of South Alabama Medical Center for treatment. The passenger was treated and released. Ballard, who was hospitalized Monday for injuries that weren't considered serious, was no longer at the hospital Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Trooper spokesman Cpl. Joe Piggott said no charges were filed and the accident remains under investigation.

The accident occurred on Bromley Road, a rural stretch that links Stapleton to Spanish Fort and is marked with signs urging drivers to share the road with cyclists.

"Apparently it's a popular bike route," Piggott said.

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