The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 19, 2013

Second victim dies from Alabama 127 wreck

By Karen Middleton
For The News Courier

— A second victim has died from his injuries resulting from a Thursday head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on Alabama 127.

According to a family member who has requested to remain anonymous, Clifford A. Mastin, 56, a passenger in a car driven by James Pipes III, died at 5:45 a.m. Monday at Huntsville Hospital.

Pipes died Friday a day after the wreck.

The wreck occurred on Alabama 127 about 500 yards north of Jefferson and Elm streets in Athens shortly before 2:30 p.m. Eyewitnesses said a light-brown Dodge Dynasty sedan swerved from the southbound lane of 127 and collided head-on with a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Jackie Towe of Elkmont.

Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Tony Kirk said firefighters had to remove the roof of the Dodge to extricate the driver and his passenger. Both injured men were airlifted to Huntsville after a MedFlight helicopter.

Towe, 59, who was not injured, said he rapidly slowed down because he saw the Dodge drift into his lane and was able to apply his brakes and sound his horn for 2 to 3 seconds prior to impact.

Towe said he was hauling feed for Aviagen and on his way home when the collision occurred.

A joint funeral service for Mastin and Pipes, who were related will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at Round Island Creek Mission Center with the Rev. James E. Coffey, pastor of Frazier C.M.E. Church, officiating and Peoples Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time for the service.

According to the family member, Mastin was an assistant pastor at Frazier C.M.E. Church and Pipes was a longtime member.

— News Courier staff writer Kim West contributed to this story.