TALLADEGA COUNTY -- At least three major traffic accidents in Talladega County on Friday left one person dead and at least four others with injuries serious enough to require hospitalization.
The first accident was reported at 5:52 a.m. on Alabama 77 North at Autumn Lane, close to the Coosa Valley Industrial Park. Jamelia Sakyra Turner, 32 of Heflin, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet and was making a left turn off the highway.
According to Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy, Turner’s car was struck by a second vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Turner was taken to the emergency room at Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega, where she was pronounced dead at 7:01 a.m.
The driver of the second vehicle was airlifted to University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Information on his condition was unavailable.
Alabama State Troopers identified the second driver as Derrion Hardie, 20, of Talladega. He was driving a 1984 Chevrolet.
In addition to the State Troopers, Talladega and Lincoln police, the Talladega Fire Department and NorthStar Paramedics all responded to the accident.
According to Talladega Assistant fire Chief Ron Goodenough, the second major accident of the day was reported at 12:52 p.m. at the 275 Bypass and Jackson Trace Road. It was a two-vehicle accident that resulted in three people being injured, including two that had to be cut out of their vehicle.
All three were transported to Brookwood/Citizens by NorthStar, he said.
The vehicle the two people had to be extricated from was a civilian vehicle with a military tag, he added.
Talladega police also responded, but the police report containing further details of the accident was incomplete late Friday afternoon.
The day’s third major accident was on Alabama 77 North near the Interstate 20 entrance ramp in Lincoln.
Lincoln police and fire responded to the collision of a Ford Explorer and an 18-wheeler, but the official report was not available Friday evening, and few details were readily available.