Vigil held for 4 teens killed in wreck

Vigil held for 4 teens killed in wreck

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The deadly wreck shut down a stretch of Highway 431. The deadly wreck shut down a stretch of Highway 431.
Ryan Lawson (Source: Friends) Ryan Lawson (Source: Friends)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Friends gathered Monday for a candlelight vigil at a Guntersville pier to remember those they lost in a deadly car wreck.

Four Marshall County teenagers were killed in a two-vehicle rollover wreck on Highway 431 near Guntersville Sunday afternoon. Five other passengers were injured.

The wreck happened on the section of Highway 431 north of Guntersville just before 3 p.m. A pickup truck carrying nine passengers, including several children, flipped on the side of the highway. Two people in the other car involved in the wreck were not injured.

The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Jonryan Moore Lawson, of Albertville, was killed in the crash. A passenger in the bed of the truck, 21-year-old Blake Anthony Keener from Albertville, was also killed. Rita Maegan Elizabeth Cordell, 13, of Boaz, was a passenger in the cab of the truck and died of her injuries at the scene. Ruben Parker Pacheco, 18 of Albertville, was a passenger in the bed of the pickup and died from his injuries.

According to State Troopers, none of the occupants in Lawson's vehicle, including Lawson, were wearing a seat belt. 

The five other passengers were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Multiple emergency response vehicles, police officials, State Troopers and medical helicopters responded to the scene. 

Of the passengers in the pickup, four were riding in the cab, five in the bed of the truck. When the truck flipped, the passengers in the bed were thrown out. The truck landed in a ditch and caught fire. Witnesses said the group had been swimming.

A stretch of Highway 431, between Cathedral Caverns Highway and Highway 79, remained closed until about 6 p.m. when it was reopened to traffic.

An exact cause has not been determined.

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