Accident inquiry continues

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 14, 2003

The investigation continues into a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in River Falls which took the life of

43-year-old Red Level resident Mike Nolen.

River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland said Friday his department, with the assistance of the Andalusia Police Department, is investigating the wreck on Sunnyside Drive near County Road 107 that claimed Nolen's life.

Nolen was killed when the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving left the road and made contact with a parked Kobelco excavating tractor, a machine being used in the installation of the new water system in River Falls.

"We are still trying to reconstruct the accident," said Holland. "We are trying to get a better idea of how fast the car may have been traveling and issues such as that. We have not made a positive determination on the cause of the accident yet, though."

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. and Nolen was driving south on County Road 107 when the accident occurred.

Other agencies responding to the wreck included the River Falls Volunteer Fire Department, Andalusia Rescue Squad, Andalusia Police Department, Red Level Police Department, Covington County 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, the Covington County Sheriff's Department, the Covington County County Coroner's Office and Bryant's Body Shop.

Assistant Coroner Earl Dorman pronounced Nolen dead at 3:45 p.m. and described Nolen's injuries as severe blunt trauma to the chest.

Funeral services were held Friday for Nolen at Keahey Funeral Home in Andalusia

More information will be reported as it is released.