A Marbury High School student, 18, was killed in a car accident when his vehicle went into an intersection in front of an oncoming log truck, said the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
The passenger, a sophomore, 15, is in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery at Baptist Medical Center.
“It went through my mind that this can’t be happening again,” said Marbury High School Principal Don Hulin, who was one of the first on the scene. “There have been five Marbury students killed in accidents since 2006.
“I’ve been in the military, and I’ve seen dead folks before, but this is something you don’t want to see — a dead child. This one brought me to my knees. I feel like all these kids up here are my kids. You interact with them in the halls everyday. You get to know your students at Marbury.”
They were good friends who often rode to school together. Grief counselors will be present at the school to help students deal with the tragedy.