UPDATE: Alcohol a factor in holiday wreck

Published 10:07 am Sunday, July 5, 2015

An Independence Day wreck that sent five people to the hospital may have been caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol.

The incident happened Saturday at 2:25 p.m. at mile marker 70 on Hwy. 331.

According to information released by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Inocencio Perez Gomez was driving a 2003 Ford that struck a 1997 Ford driven by Charles Short, 49, of Opp.

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“Preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol was a factor in this crash (Gomez),” said ALEA Trooper Kevin Cook.

Gomez’s vehicle had three passengers. All were injured and taken to local hospitals. Cook said the injuries were not life threatening.

Short was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was the only occupant in his vehicle.

“One of the injuries, Inocencio Pérez Gomez, was lifelighted to Baptist South in Montgomery with life-threatening injuries,” Cook said.

The crash is still under investigation.