CLEVELAND, AL (WBRC) - Relatives and others in Blounty County are asking for safety measures in the wake of another fatality on Highway 160.
A 3-car accident claimed the life of Rachel Lake, a 19 year-old from Warrior, around noon Wednesday. Her 4-year-old second cousin, Angel Lowe, was a passenger in the car and injured in the crash. A 51 year-old man from Jasper was taken to UAB Hospital and a 61-year-old man from Florida was not transported.
According to friends, Lake was a business student at Wallace State Community College and graduated from Hayden High School in 2008. Rachel's cousin, Amanda Franklin, said Rachel was a fun-loving girl who wanted to help people.
The accident happened just west of Cleveland between Dairy Drive and Nectar Circle on Highway 160, a highway where several deadly crashes have occurred, including one two years ago that killed three cheerleaders from Hayden High School.
Blount County residents have complained about the roadway's safety for years. And they have requested the state to accelerate efforts to make the roadway safer.
This is the same highway where three Hayden High School cheerleaders were killed back in 2007. Sarah Casey, Courtney Nicely and Whitney Bradford all died and four others were hurt. Following this accident, the group "Highway 160 Promise" was set up. The group is asking the Alabama Department of Transportation to make improvements to the highway, such as speeding restrictions or traffic signals, to save lives.