Two die in crash on US 231 near Pell City
by Elsie Hodnett
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This crash on U.S. 231 south of Pell City killed two people on Tuesday. Their names were not available at press time.
This crash on U.S. 231 south of Pell City killed two people on Tuesday. Their names were not available at press time.
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PELL CITY – A husband and wife were killed in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 231 at the intersection of St. Clair County 70 Tuesday.

St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Jeremiah Gilreath identified the couple as Christian Cory Matthew Wood, 22, of Oneonta, and Britany Danielle Melvin, 20, of Horton, Alabama.

Gilreath said autopsies on both individuals are pending. The names of the other individuals involved in the accident were not available Tuesday night.

Pell City Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Don Newton said the accident happened at about 11:35 a.m.

“There were two fatalities at the scene,” he said. “A child was transported by LifeSaver helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and the child’s mother was transported by LifeSaver helicopter to University Hospital in Birmingham.”

Newton said another person was transported by ambulance with minor injuries, and the third driver declined treatment.

Alabama National Guard sergeants Trent Martin and Fred Brust Jr. said they were traveling to Fort McClellan and came upon the accident while the vehicles were still spinning.

“We got the man in the truck out and put him in our van,” Martin said. “There was a man ejected from one vehicle. There was a baby in a car seat that had been ejected and the car seat landed upright. The baby had a few lacerations but appeared to be OK.”

Martin said a woman was pinned in a car.

“We helped extricate her—it didn’t look like she could breathe so we got her out,” he said. “She was screaming for her baby and we brought the baby over.”

Robert Waddle said he was three cars back from the accident.

“I didn’t hear anything,” he said. “I just saw traffic stopped and pulled my truck over to the side. There was nothing really anyone could do, except talk to the mother who was worried about her child. The child was OK and the emergency responders took care of them both.”

The accident is under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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