by Jeff Wyatt
Two 17-year-olds are dead, and two other teenagers were taken to the hospital after a single-car crash Saturday night.
ABC 33/40 has confirmed the two teenagers who died were both seniors at Paul W. Bryant High School.
Tuscaloosa City Schools released the following statement.
Two Paul W. Bryant High School seniors died Saturday in a car accident on Highway 69 South, Elijah Clark and Mariyae Gulley.
We are deeply saddened by the loss and our thoughts are with the students' families and friends. This is a difficult time for our students, faculty, and staff. We have counselors and social workers at the school today to help students cope with this tragedy. We will continue to have counselors available to help our students in the coming days. Teachers and staff will have access to our Employee Assistance Program.
We send our deepest sympathies to the families involved and ask that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.
According to an updated release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, a 17-year-old from Tuscaloosa died at the scene, and a 17-year-old from Vance was taken to the hospital where they later died.
A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, both from Tuscaloosa, were taken to the hospital.
The group was in a 2005 Nissan Maxima that ran off of the road and hit a ditch. None of the four teenagers in the car were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck.
The wreck happened on Alabama 69, about five miles south of Tuscaloosa, just before 10:30 p.m. on September 23, 2023.
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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the crash.