Popular Sylacauga middle school teacher Greg Bailey remained in intensive care in a Birmingham hospital Monday after suffering serious injuries in a head-on collision Friday afternoon in Auburn.
Bailey, 57, teaches career technology at Nichols-Lawson Middle School, and previously taught at East Highland Middle School. He has taught for more than 25 years.
“Mr. Bailey is a team player, a team leader and a team builder,” said Debbie Barnett, principal of NLMS. “He is central to our faculty. He knows everybody and he takes care of everybody. If anybody has trouble, he always knows about it and he is always there to help. He has a great sense of humor, and he’ll make sure you are feeling better.”
She said Bailey had met with Superintendent Dr. Todd Freeman on Thursday to discuss plans for a greenhouse to be built on campus for use with his classes.
“The Groovy Greenhouse is his latest project, and he’s tickled about it,” Barnett said.
“Everybody loves Mr. Bailey. Our whole faculty is distraught, wanting to know what we can do.”
Bailey was in east Alabama Friday apparently to take care of business related to his mother’s estate.
According to published reports, he was traveling on Shug Jordan Parkway near Wire Road when a Chevrolet Silverado pickup crossed the center line and hit his Ford Ranger pickup head-on. The driver of the other truck, a 55-year-old Auburn man, was killed.
Bailey was airlifted to UAB, where he remained in intensive care on Monday.
He underwent five or six hours of surgery to an arm and a leg on Saturday. His wife, Sylacauga High School career and technology teacher Patricia Bailey, said he is to undergo more surgery today.
“He’s holding on pretty well,” Mrs. Bailey said.
She said she was exhausted and overwhelmed as she left the hospital Monday evening to get some rest.
She expressed appreciation for the community’s outpouring of concern and support, but said she hopes the community will understand her husband’s need for privacy as he recovers from his injuries.