Elderly man dies in accident on Hwy. 14Published 9:26am Thursday, April 4, 2013
A wreck Monday on Alabama Highway 14 north of Tallassee claimed the life of an Eclectic man.
Around noon Monday, Tallassee police and fire personnel responded to a single-vehicle accident in 88000 area of the Tallassee Highway, just northwest of the city limits.
Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers said an automobile traveling west apparently crossed the eastbound lane, left the road, and collided head-on with a tree. The impact knocked the automobile’s frame from the vehicle’s body.
The driver of the vehicle, Herbert Colley, 88, of Eclectic, was the only occupant. He was extracted from the automobile, and transported by ambulance to Elmore County Hospital in Wetumpka where a helicopter was standing by to fly him to a hospital in Birmingham. But Colley died en route to the Wetumpka facility.
Police and fire officials noted that the noon accident was an example of the “Yellow Dot” emergency program being utilized by emergency personnel. The program, which includes the display of a yellow dot logo on an automobile window, alerts emergency responders to any medical or physiological conditions of the driver, which are detailed in a pouch that is usually kept in the vehicle’s glove compartment.
Slightly over 24 hours after the fatal accident on Highway 14, another wreck with injury occurred in the same area, approximately a quarter of a mile east of the location of the previous day’s accident. A large, six-wheeled military vehicle attached to one of Tallassee’s National Guard units was also heading west, and ran off the road into a ravine-like depression, coming to rest upside down.
The emergency call came in at 12:46 p.m., according to Tallassee Fire Chief Troy Mann.
Offering a preliminary assessment at the scene, Rodgers said, “Apparently, (the driver of the vehicle) lost control, for whatever reason, and it appears that they over-corrected, causing the vehicle to veer off the left side of the roadway.”
The chief said while the two occupants of the vehicle appeared to have minor injuries, they were transported to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery.
Military personnel on the scene declined to comment.
Traffic on Highway 14 was temporarily diverted while military machinery pulled the vehicle back up to the highway. Police rerouted cars and trucks from the “Y” intersection with Highway 229 on the east, and the intersection of Highway 14 with Murphy Road on the west until the vehicle was extracted and hauled away.