Traffic accident kills two Oxford teens, injures third
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A traffic accident in Oxford early Saturday morning claimed the lives of two Oxford teenagers and injured a third, according to authorities.

Oxford Fire Department Chief Gary Sparks said the two teens — one an Oxford High student, the other a recent graduate — were Brittney Bonner, 16, and James Michael Phillips III, 19. The funeral director for Miller Funeral Home in Oxford, Jason Bedford, said families of those persons have contacted his funeral home.

The accident happened shortly after midnight just inside Talladega County, said Trooper Charles Dysart, public information officer for the Alabama State Troopers.

Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy said a second vehicle at the scene was driven by another teenager, who was also injured. He was taken to Regional Medical Center in Anniston and then to UAB, according to authorities.

Sparks said the injured person was Steven Horton, also a recent graduate of Oxford High School.

Horton was "still at UAB" Saturday afternoon, the chief said.

Neither Dysart nor Sparks had details on the circumstances of the accident, but Sparks said the scene to which his men responded was the intersection of McIntosh Road and CC Road, which is just inside Talladega County. The intersection has a stop sign on CC Road, he said.

The two pickups involved had "left the roadway on the same side of the roadway and hit trees," Sparks said, noting that the vehicles were on the north side of McIntosh when they came to rest within about 20 feet of each other. The truck containing the victims who died was "fully involved" in flames, he said.

The coroner said he responded to the call just before 1 a.m.

“There were two in a vehicle that left the road and hit a tree,” Murphy said.

Bedford said identification of the bodies, which were badly burned, will be confirmed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery.

Neither Dysart nor Sparks knew who made the 911 call.

— Laura Camper and Bill Edwards, staff writers

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