BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating two deadly crashes in Baldwin County that left five dead.
The crashes happened just 30 minutes apart Saturday night. The first crash happened just before 5 p.m. on AL 225 near Cottage Hill Road.
According to Alabama State Troopers, Drazen Alilovic, 48, was traveling south on AL 225 when his Chevrolet Silverado collided head-on with a Nissan truck. 56-year-old William B. Shuman was pronounced dead at the scene. Shuman was wearing a seat belt. Alilovic was arrested by troopers and booked into the Baldwin County Jail on a single count of Manslaughter in connection with the crash.
The second crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night on I-65 southbound just north of the Rabun Road exit. According to ALEA, a man was driving north in the southbound lanes when his van hit an SUV head-on. ALEA has identified the wrong way driver as 56-year-old Brent King, a Fairhope resident.
King and all three people in the SUV were pronounced dead on the scene. It is not known why King was driving the wrong way, nor how far he drove the wrong direction.
Nearly seven miles of the southbound lanes of the Interstate were shut down for four and a half hours while crews worked the scene.
Both cars had extensive damage from the crash.
The names of the three other victims have not yet been released, as troopers are still working to notify their family members.
Troopers are continuing to investigate both crashes.
The full press release from ALEA:
Alabama State Troopers are investigating a pair of fatal crashes that occurred in Baldwin county Saturday evening.ALEA News Release
Shortly before 5:00 p.m. on September 21, Drazen Alilovic, 48, of Theodore, was traveling south on AL 225 near Cottage Hill Road when his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado collided head-on with a 1995 Nissan truck. Despite using a seat belt, the driver of the Nissan, William B. Shuman, 56, of Bay Minette, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Alilovic was arrested by troopers and booked into the Baldwin County Correctional Facility on a single count of Manslaughter in connection with the crash.
The second crash occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on I-65 just north of exit 37—Rabun Road. Brent Alden King, 56, of Fairhope was driving north in the southbound lanes near the 38.1-mile marker when his 2009 Chrysler Town & Country collided head-on with a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. King and all three occupants of the Volkswagen suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. No further information is available on either crash as troopers continue to investigate. ###