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UPDATE: Coroner confirms 1 dead; 1 airlifted in Hwy 53 wreck in Ardmore

ARDMORE, Ala. – Highway 53 in Ardmore is back open in both directions after a wreck on Tuesday morning. It happened before 7 a.m. right across the road from Main Street Church of Christ.

A vehicle went into the ditch on the southbound side.

Limestone County Coroner Mike West was called to the scene and he confirms that 55-year-old Mary Ellen Kennedy of Athens died in the crash.

West said that Kennedy, who was the passenger in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

West said that the driver of the vehicle was airlifted to an area hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Traffic was stopped in both directions for a time while crews cleared the wreckage.

Highway 53 reopened about 8:45 a.m.