3-year-old among four dead in head-on crash on ‘Bloody 98’

Mobile County

UPDATE (10/13/21 10:34 PM): The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has released more details on a crash on Highway 98 that took the lives of four people.

The two-vehicle crash, which happened at 3:55 a.m. on Saturday, Oct 9, claimed the lives of two Wilmer men, one Wilmer woman, and a 3-year-old child from Wilmer. According to ALEA, Scott Hunter Lavender, 21, was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup when it crossed the centerline and collided head on with a 2004 Ford Expedition driven by Wilmer Earl Bettis, 58. Both vehicles became fully engulfed in flames.

Scott Hunter Lavender, Wilmer Earl Bettis and a 3-year-old passenger were fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. An additional passenger in the 2004 Ford Expedition, Alla Marie Bettis, 57, succumbed to her injuries en route to the hospital.

The crash happened on U.S. 98 at the seven-mile-marker, two miles west of Semmes, in Mobile County.

Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

UPDATE (10/9/21 11:41 AM) ALEA confirmed that four people have died in the Saturday morning crash on Highway 98.

ORIGINAL STORY
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating what they’re calling a “significant crash”.

The crash happened just before 4:00 Saturday morning on US Highway 98 at Lakeside Drive.

Traffic is currently being re-routed around Big Creek Lake.

No word yet on what caused the crash or if anyone was injured.

News Five is working to get more information about the crash and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

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