3 killed in weekend car accidents
by Bill Edwards
Staff Writer
Jun 22, 2009 | 7916 views |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two traffic accidents claimed three lives on area roadways this weekend.

A 16-year-old White Plains boy lost his life in Oxford, while an unusually severe accident on Noble Street Sunday morning killed an Anniston woman and an elderly Anniston man.

The Noble Street accident happened approximately 9 a.m. Sunday at what has long been known as "hot-shot curve," the portion of the route between 3rd Street and C Street. It was a head-on collision in which both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said Amy Edwards, 32, of Anniston was pronounced dead at Regional Medical Center.

A passing motorist helped Edwards out of the vehicle before it caught fire.

The vehicle approaching in the opposite direction at the curve was driven by Rubin Mann Jr., age 83, of Anniston. Brown said Mann was taken by helicopter from Stringfellow Hospital to UAB where he died around 4:40 p.m.

Anniston police on duty Sunday had no details they could release, but said more information may be available today.

One emergency responder, who asked not to be identified, said the scene was "one of the worst" he'd been to in more than a dozen years, especially for being an in-town accident.

The accident in Oxford killed Matthew Shawn Eden 16, who died when his late-model Nissan Xterra, westbound on U.S. 78, left the highway at or near the intersection with H.J. Bentley Drive around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to assistant Calhoun County coroner Dudley Miller, Eden, the sole occupant of the vehicle, traveled about 800 feet off the straight stretch of highway before striking a tree which was obscured by underbrush.

Citing Oxford police reports, Miller said the speed at impact was about 50 mph. He said the airbag had deployed, but he wasn't sure whether seat belts were in use.

No Oxford police officials with knowledge of the accident were available to comment Sunday evening.

Miller said alcohol did not appear to have been a factor in the cause of the accident. Eden was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:55 p.m.
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