UPDATE (WDHN) – Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency provided new information on a wreck near Samson Saturday afternoon that left several people hurt.

Debra Strickland, the driver of one of the vehicles involved crossed the centerline into the southbound lane of Highway 87, troopers said. The driver of the other vehicle attempted to avoid a collision by swerving into the northbound lane. Strickland then swerved back into the northbound lane and struck the second vehicle.

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“Strickland fled the crash scene on foot and was later apprehended approximately one mile from the crash scene,” Troopers said in a news release to WDHN.

All three passengers in the second vehicle were injured and taken to an area hospital. 

ALEA troopers continue investigating the crash.


GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) – An Elba City Schools Principal was arrested Saturday evening after being involved in a crash on Highway 87 North near Samson, according to law enforcement.

Initial reports from the scene said three people were hurt in the collision that occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday.  One of the people involved in the wreck fled the scene on foot before being apprehended a short time later.

According to an official with the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office, Debra Strickland was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. She is currently being held on no bond at the Geneva County Jail. Strickland is scheduled for an initial appearance before a judge Monday.

Strickland was most recently the principal at Elba Elementary School, and she has been with Elba City Schools since 2007, according to the school’s website.  

Superintendent Chris Moseley told WDHN News Sunday afternoon that Strickland was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation

Kenya Martin has been named interim principal, according to Moseley.