Troopers report 1 dead in crash on Limestone County road


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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama State Troopers say a 47-year old Athens man died Thursday afternoon when his car ran off Quinn Road and landed upside down in a ditch at the intersection of Dusty Road. The location is about 5 miles west of Athens.

Troopers say David Henry was the only occupant in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. ​

Dana Ridgeway tells WHNT News 19 she and her family were returning home near the crash site when they noticed dirt on the road and then saw the small, red car upside down in the ditch. She says she and her daughter rushed down to the vehicle but could get no response from the driver.

“We tried to get him out but there just wasn’t nothing we could do,” Ridgeway said. She flagged down a passing motorist while her daughter called 911. She says firefighters were there within minutes and quickly realized Henry was dead.

While troopers declined to speculate on what might have caused the crash, a resident who lives about a half-mile from the scene of the wreck says he saw the car just seconds before the fatal crash. The man, who asked that we not use his name or likeness, said the small red car “blew through the intersection” of Quinn Road and Zehner Road at a high rate of speed, running the stop sign at the intersection.

State troopers say the incident remains under investigation.