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Two people are confirmed dead in a traffic accident that leaves a stretch of Alabama Highway 77 South of Ohatchee blocked.
The wreck occurred this morning. The Etowah County Sheriff's Department dive team was called to assist the Ohatchee Police Department in searching for victims. The bodies of a male driver and female passenger were pulled from the water.
Officials would not relate any details about the victims other than to say they were from "north of" Ohatchee.
Reports from the scene indicate the victims were in an 18-wheeler pulling an empty box trailer. A utility trailer either came loose from the pickup towing it or went out of control, and reports said the driver of the 18-wheeler swerved to avoid the trailer and ran off into the water.
It was unclear if the victims were killed in the wreck or drowned.