Teens survive crash

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Police scanners were more active than usual Tuesday morning when south central Alabama was hit with thunderstorms that brought approximately 1.5 inches of rain in about three hours.

Among the reports received by area police was a one-car accident just west of the Butler County line in Lowndes County on Hwy. 263.

Ellis Lee McIntyre, 19, and Jessica Newman, both of Selma, were traveling home from Gulf Shores when their Chevrolet truck hit a puddle of water causing the vehicle to hydroplane and hit the guard rail. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle upside down.

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"We were going about 40 m.p.h. when we hit the puddle," said McIntyre. "We were coming back from Gulf Shores and it was raining pretty hard."

Greenville Fire and Police departments were on the scene, but the two passengers suffered no injuries.