On a day that most seniors in High School would consider the apex of their formal events, two families are mourning the loss of their beloved students.
Two Alabama teenagers were killed after the car they drove to prom was involved in an accident with a semi truck on their way home. According to AL.com, the incident occurred about 1:50 a.m. and involved a 2022 Tesla and a semi-truck at Skyland Boulevard East and Interstate 20/59, police said.
The Tesla was pinned underneath the truck’s trailer and the vehicle’s four occupants were trapped, police said. Samuel Brown, 18, the front seat passenger, and Madison Sims, 17, who was driving the vehicle were killed during the crash.
An 18-year-old female from Montgomery was transported to UAB Hospital with serious injuries, police said, and a 17-year-old female from Marion was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa with minor injuries. Both young ladies were reportedly in the backseat of the car.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department’s traffic homicide unit has not released additional details about what led to the fatal collision.
Perry County School District acknowledged the deaths in a Facebook post. “It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Samuel Brown and Madison Sims,” began the post. “Samuel was a student at Robert C. Hatch High School, and Madison was a student at Paul W. Bryant High School. We extend our most sincere condolences to the Brown and Sims family. No further details are available, and we ask the community to please respect the privacy of the families during this difficult time. Grief counselors will be on campus next week to provide emotional support to students and staff members. We ask that you please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate the days ahead together,” continued the post.
We can't even imagine the pain that both Sims' and Brown's families are feeling today especially with so many unknown factors in the incident. Prayerfully the passengers will be able to tell exactly what led up to this deadly accident.