Owens Cross Roads Man Dies in Marshall County Crash

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers are investigating a deadly wreck on Highway 431 near Guntersville.

The wreck happened about 3:43 a.m. Monday in front of the Alabama Department of Transportation building between Honeycomb and Guntersville.

According to State Troopers, John Edward Beja, 57, of Owens Cross Roads died when his 2000 Dodge Dakota collided with a 1993 Ford F-150 driven by Louis M. Grogan, 75, of Guntersville. Beja was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Grogan and a passenger in his vehicle, Virginia Grogan, 71, also of Guntersville, were injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The southbound lanes of Highway 431 were temporarily closed while State Troopers investigated the wreck. The lanes re-opened just before 6:30 a.m.

This crash is just down the road from where another crash took the lives of four teens in July. While it is in the same area, troopers say the crashes aren’t due to one particular cause.

“Sometimes these crashes just happen in certain areas. I remember several years back we had about seven crashes in the same stretch of road and I don’t think it had anything to do with the road I just think these things go in cycles,” Trooper¬†Curtis Summerville said.

Alabama State Troopers say they’re still investigating the details surrounding this crash.

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