Dozier wreck claims one life

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Authorities are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle rollover accident that Sunday night claimed the life of a south Crenshaw County man, in front of the WDIQ-TV tower in Dozier.

According to records on file at the Alabama State Department of Public Safety's Evergreen Trooper Post, a red 1993

Jeep, operated by Johnny Don Odom, 52, of Brantley, was traveling south on Crenshaw County Road 77 when it veered off the roadway, overturning several times before coming to rest on its roof, in front of and across the highway from the television transmission tower.

Details were not released as to the cause of the accident, but it did leave the vehicle's only occupant dead at the scene - he was pronounced deceased by Crenshaw County Coroner Ronny Turner.

Odom was on his way home from his job as a security guard

at Shaw Industries in Andalusia, where his shift ended at 11 p.m.

Members and units from the Dozier Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Brantley Volunteer Fire Department, Brantley Rescue Squad and the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Department responded initially to the scene, but upon arrival it appeared that Odom was killed on impact, due to multiple blunt force trauma.

"This particular area is very bad for deer crossing the roadway," said one Dozier Volunteer firefighter, pointing to the hill the TV tower stands on. "They cross here all night, every night."

Mr. Odom is survived by his wife, Shilene Odom, five children, Burt, Ren\u00E9, Todd, Steven and Kyle Odom, all of Brantley.

Funeral services have been scheduled for Wednesday, November 26, at Mills Chapel Church of God.