Madison County teenager killed in fatal car accident

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GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison County High School students are mourning the loss of one of their own. An 18-year-old senior was killed in a two vehicle crash on Maysville Road Friday afternoon.

It happened just before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. Authorities tell us two cars collided almost head-on, both coming to a stop in a ditch right in front of Tommy Johnson's house. He said it sounded like...

"Thunder. That's what I assumed it was. I was on the back porch smoking a cigarette," Johnson told WHNT News 19.

Johnson says it's a dangerous road, too many cars that simply go too fast.

"There's wrecks weekly. Most of them not that bad but that one was," Johnson said.

It was bad enough to send three people to the hospital with injuries. 18-year-old Juwan Toney, a senior at Madison County High School, died at the scene. Troopers said Toney was not wearing his seat belt.

Madison County High School was on a half-day for students Friday.

"Juwan... Juwan was a special kind of guy," says longtime friend Tanner Hardy. He added, "It wasn't that he could do special things it was just him being him. The personality he had and the way he treated others, he never had a bad thing to say about somebody else.  He was a person who looked at life with the glass half-full, not half empty."

Authorities say a passenger in Toney's vehicle was taken to the hospital. Officials say the other vehicle involved in the crash was driven by 67-year-old J.B. Thrower. HEMSI's Chief Operating Officer Don Webster says Thrower was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

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