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Prattville community mourns loss while thankful for safe student

Principal Lee Hicks and Senior Austin Haisten discuss the day's events outside Prattville High School. Principal Lee Hicks and Senior Austin Haisten discuss the day's events outside Prattville High School.

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Senior Austin Haisten and Principal Lee Hicks will tell you...emotions are high at Prattville High School.

"Everybody was just shocked," says Haisten.

"Anytime you lose part of the Prattville High School family...it's tough," says Hicks.

Police say shortly after 7:30am,  the dad of two students at the school --Lieutenant Colonel Alan M. Marshall, Jr.--was riding a motorcycle when he crashed head-on into a minivan.

Police say he died at the scene.

One of Marshall's sons is good friends with Austin.

"I hate to hear terrible things like that can happen and then I know it can happen to me too.   And it just happened to one of my good friends.   And I'm just terribly sad for him," says Haisten.

But if that wasn't enough there was a second dose of bad news.

It was about the same time when authorities say they responded to another accident, this time involving a Prattville High School student at the intersection of Powell Road and Martin Luther King Drive.

"That's really just one of the scariest things that can happen to you," says Haisten.

Principal Hicks says Senior Jennifer Prestridge was also in a head-on collision.  She survived with non-life threatening injuries.  

Still, the school is shaken up but Austin knows his community will step-in.

"The Prattville High School family here, we always just make sure everybody's comforted and well known and well loved."     

Principal Hicks says counselors are available for students.

Lieutenant Colonel Marshall worked at the Lemay Center at Maxwell Air Force Base. He was involved with the Prattville soccer team.

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