Car strikes crowd outside Ala. school, 1 killed

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 11:52 PM

Police say a woman has died after being struck along with nine children by a car outside an Alabama middle school.

The nine children were injured in the accident Friday afternoon in Fairfield, about eight miles southwest of Birmingham. Three of the injured were listed in fair to serious condition at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Fairfield Police Sgt. Matthew Romei says 46-year-old Debrah Johnson died after undergoing surgery Friday night.

Witnesses tell The Birmingham News that the 67-year-old driver was trying to avoid children playing in the street when she lost control of the car.

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Police were questioning the 67-year-old driver, whose name has not been confirmed by authorities.

(This version CORRECTS corrects the total number of victims to 10, not 11, based on updated details from police.)