Alabamians killed during Saturday storms identified

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UPDATE (1/12) — Gov. Kay Ivey has released the following statement regarding the deaths in Pickens County Saturday.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday’s severe weather. Alabama has lost three of her citizens as a result of the serious round of storms to move through Pickens County yesterday. This morning, I have reached out to both the county leadership as well as the legislative delegation to offer my deepest condolences in this terrible loss of life. 

“I am profoundly grateful for our emergency management officials, meteorologists, law enforcement and first responders who remained on watch throughout the dangerous weather. Because of their preparedness, we are able to take the needed precautions to withstand these type storms. We will stand together while we grieve the loss of three of our fellow Alabamians and continue to pray for their loved ones. May God bless them and the great state of Alabama.”


PICKENS COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Three people who were killed during severe weather in Pickens County Saturday have been identified.

The victims were Tyrone Spain, 51, as well as Albert and Susan Barnett. Their identities were confirmed by Pickens County Coroner Chad Harless. The deaths were confirmed along Settlement Road near Carrollton.

Spain ran a taxi service in Tuscaloosa County called Spain Taxi Service. Albert was 85 years old while Susan was 75.

The circumstances of their deaths or where they were when they died was not confirmed.

During storms that swept through the Southeast and Midwest Saturday, a total of 11 people were killed across five states.


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