On May 14 at 1:32 p.m., a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound on Alabama Highway 20 when the driver collided with a dump truck. The collision occurred near the intersection of the highway with Sockwell Lane. The dump truck was traveling southbound on Sockwell Lane prior to the collision. Police were alerted instantly when an area resident who heard the crash contacted 911.
Photographs show that the front of the Chevrolet was completely smashed. The driver, a 41-year-old Decatur resident was transported to Huntsville Hospital by air. He died later that day. His 46-year-old wife had been riding in the car as one of two passengers. She was taken to Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield and was pronounced dead shortly after the truck accident. The other passenger, a 31-year-old Florence resident, was taken to Florence for treatment at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. He was later flown to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. As of that evening, his condition had not been released.