Two Columbus brothers died Saturday morning after the car they were riding in ran off Knowles Road at Crosswinds Road and overturned in Phenix City, authorities said.
The names of the dead were identified as Ronnie Short Jr., 25, and Derrick Tremain Short, 37, said Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 11:11 a.m. Both bodies will be sent to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.
A male passenger was injured in the wreck which occurred about 9:40 a.m. near the Brandywine Subdivision. He was taken to the Midtown Medical Center, formerly The Medical Center.
Sumbry said the brothers were in a 1998 silver Ford Mustang when the car ran off the road and went down a ravine. Both brothers were ejected from the vehicle but it is unknown if they were wearing seat belts, the coroner said.
The accident remains under investigation by the Phenix City Police Department.