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2 seriously injured in wrecks

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

Two people suffered serious injuries in separate wrecks in and near Decatur on Monday.

A Decatur woman was taken to Huntsville Hospital following an afternoon wreck on Kirby Bridge Road. Earlier, an unidentified driver was flown to Huntsville from a wreck on Beltline Road Southwest.

State troopers said the van driven by 63-year-old Susan Askew was the only vehicle involved in the 2:45 p.m. wreck on Kirby Bridge Road, southwest of Decatur.

A 15-year-old male passenger in Askew’s van also suffered injuries. An ambulance took him to Decatur General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

A MedFlight helicopter took Askew to Huntsville Hospital. She remained in critical condition in the emergency room late Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Askew works at the Morgan County Boys Ranch, a relative said.

State troopers said the wreck remains under investigation.

In the earlier wreck, Decatur police said an unidentified driver in a green Jeep was taken by MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A drunk driver southbound on Beltline Road Southwest collided with the eastbound driver of the Jeep at Longview Drive shortly before 8 a.m., police said.

Police arrested Juan Jose Miguel of Decatur on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and no insurance following his release from Decatur General Hospital.

Police said witnesses told them Miguel failed to stop for a red light at the intersection and crashed into the driver side of the Jeep.

Police said they were not releasing the Jeep’s driver’s name pending notification of family members.

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