Morgan County crews investigating deadly wreck after vehicle crashed in Flint Creek

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - One person is dead following a crash on Highway 31 just south of Decatur. The victim's car wound up completely submerged in Flint Creek. Divers had to free the driver.

Investigators say they're still trying to determine exactly what might have caused the accident.

"Bystanders had said that it appeared the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed," Decatur Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Jason Jones told reporters at the scene.

Witnesses say the small car was traveling south towards Hartselle when it ran off the road into the median and then between the two bridges over Flint Creek. Firefighters along with the Morgan County Rescue Squad raced to the scene. The driver, still in his seat belt, had to be cut from the vehicle and was carried to the shore.

"At that time he was pronounced dead," according to Jones.

It took two tow trucks to pull the car out of the water and back up the embankment. Divers searched the area just to make certain there wasn't a second victim in the murky water.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn identifies the driver as 36-year old Jason Edward Freeman, of Falkville.

The accident remains under investigation by the Decatur Police Department.

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