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July 1, 2008

Cullman man killed in motorcycle accident

By Patrick McCreless

PATRICKM@CULLMANTIMES.COM

A Cullman man was killed in Limestone County Monday after he flipped off his motorcycle from an Interstate 65 ramp and fell 20 feet to the ground.

Limestone County Coroner Mike West pronounced Cranford Lee Allen, 57 dead at the scene at approximately 4:40 p.m.

“He died from blunt force trauma,” West said. “Death was instantaneous.”

According to Alabama State Trooper reports, the accident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the southbound Interstate 65 on-ramp from Interstate 565. Allen was wearing a helmet and was the only person involved in the crash.

“He was coming off of the ramp, lost control of the motorcycle, hit the guard rail and was ejected from the motorcycle,” West said.

West noted that Allen had bought the motorcycle about an hour before the crash and that his wife was following behind him in another vehicle.

The case is still under investigation.

Funeral services for Allen will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Cullman City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

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