Father and son killed after their vehicles collide head-on in Alabama

Father and son killed after their vehicles collide head-on in Alabama
PHOTO: Facebook screengrab

It was a weekend of unspeakable tragedy for the tight-knit Brasher family of Alabama, United States (US), when two family members were killed after their vehicles collided into each other in a head-on crash.

Jeffrey Brasher, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene while his son, Austin Brasher, 22, died later in hospital, The Washington Post reported.

The elder Mr Brasher, a bread delivery driver, had been on his way to work when the accident happened at around 4.10am on Saturday (Feb 18).

Meanwhile, Austin had been on his way home after a night of partying. His cousin, Monica Marie Aker, told People.com: "Austin did drink and was coming home from partying when they crashed."

Photo: Facebook screengrab / Kristy Nelson

Both men were driving pickup trucks, and neither had been wearing their seat belts when the accident occurred.

Local authorities said that alcohol may have played a role in the crash, according to local news website AL.com.

Both father and son shared a very close relationship, according to Pamela Brasher Dennis, who is Jeffrey's sister and Austin's aunt.

Photo: Facebook screengrab / Kristy Nelson

"There's no explanation for something so random," she told AL.com. "I can tell you that at 4am on Saturday morning, lives changed forever," she added.

Ms Aker added: "My worst fear was that Austin would make it through and then kill himself because he wouldn't have been able to deal with killing his father. It would have destroyed him."

A joint funeral for both men was held on Wednesday (Feb 22) afternoon.

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