Driver Dies Following Guntersville Crash Involving Student Car

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — One driver died, and four other people received medical attention after a two-car wreck Thursday morning.

It happened on Highway 431 in Guntersville at the traffic light intersection with the entrances to Chick-fil-A and the WalMart shopping center.

Guntersville police said paramedics rushed 72-year old Sarah Moody of Guntersville to Marshall Medical Center North, but she died from injuries suffered in the wreck.

The other car was being used for a Sardis High School driver’s education course.

The driving instructor, Michael Rutledge, and three 15-year old students received treatment from paramedics on the scene and taken to Marshall Medical Center South for evaluation, but police and school officials said their injuries were not severe.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, but police identified Moody’s Cutlass Ciera as the primary vehicle in the crash, and said the teenagers are not to blame. 

Investigators said the students drove to Guntersville to get lunch at Chick-fil-A, and as they exited the parking lot to drive back to Etowah County, the two cars collided.

Sardis High School principal Gerald Beard said it is not unusual for a drivers education vehicle to be that far from school, as students gain experience in different types of traffic.

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