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November 21, 2013

1 killed in 2-vehicle wreck off Alabama 251 in northern Limestone County

Collision occurred at intersection of Black and Mooresville Roads

— An unidentified female died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Black and Mooresville roads involving a white Honda Accord and a cotton truck.

The woman, described as appearing middle-aged by first responders, was the driver of the Accord traveling east on Black Road. Eyewitnesses said she “rolled through” the stop sign.

The uninjured driver of the Moore & Newby Gin cotton truck, Tommy Elrod, said he was going south on Mooresville Road, which does not stop, when he struck the driver’s side of the Honda.

“I was probably going between 45 and 50 miles per hour, with the speed limit at 55 miles per hour on Mooresville Road,” said Elrod, who said he previously drove 36 years for ConAgra without being involved in a fatal accident. “She slowed down at the intersection but kept going through it. There was nothing I could do.”

The woman’s vehicle came to a rest underneath a tree and atop a fire hydrant in the southeast corner of the intersection, causing a steady stream of water to flow through the yard and into an adjacent field.

The truck was about 100 yards from the Honda in a field, where Elrod said he was able to bring his truck to a stop. He said he was on his way to the cotton gin.

Oak Grove-Thach Volunteer Fire Department received the accident call at 2:45 p.m. and arrived on scene by 2:50 p.m., said Fire Chief Larry Moran.

Moran said first responders found the lone occupant of the Honda deceased and still remaining in her driver’s seat. The driver’s side of the Honda was severely damaged.

An eyewitness said it appeared the vehicle had a Huntsville Hospital employee parking decal on one of the windows. A state trooper at the scene said identification for the driver was not available at that time.

Coroner Mike West was not available as of press time Thursday. On Thursday evening, a spokesman with the state troopers post in Decatur said accident information would be pending next-of-kin notification.

The coroner’s office, Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad, Piney Chapel Volunteer Fire Department and Berzett Wrecker Service also responded to the accident.

The woman is the third person to die from wrecks on Limestone roadways within the past 7 days, after two Athens men died following a Nov. 14 wreck on Alabama 127.

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