updated 1/8/2009 8:26:00 AM ET 2009-01-08T13:26:00

A mother and her infant son have died after floodwaters swept their vehicle off a rural road in Alabama.

Alabama state troopers identified the victims as 27-year-old Crystal Vaughn of Gordo and her 18-month-old son.

The accident happened in western Alabama on Tuesday night as heavy rain caused flooding across the South.

Investigators said Vaughn was driving behind a relative's car on a rural road when a culvert burst and swept her vehicle downstream.

Troopers said the relative's car was also submerged but that both occupants managed to escape.

Drenching rains on Monday and Tuesday prompted a series of flash flood warnings in several Alabama counties.

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