U.S. 31 wreck claims life of Georgiana man

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 8, 2005

A two-vehicle collision resulted in the death of one Georgiana man on US 31 South Monday morning.

Christopher Lee Palmer, 25, the driver of a 1999 Dodge pick-up struck an Alabama Forestry Commission truck at approximately 9:30 a.m. five miles north of Chapman. Rescue workers arrived on the scene soon after and worked to free Palmer and his passenger, Michael Palmer, 28, also of Georgiana, from the mangled Dodge. The front of the cab was crushed inward on top of the two men.

Michael Palmer was transported to LV Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Christopher Lee Palmer was taken to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery where he later died due to the severe injuries he received in the wreck.

The accident shut down portions of US 31 for a little over an hour.

Michael King, the driver of the AFC vehicle, was uninjured and said the oncoming Dodge hydroplaned across the centerline. Butler County experienced heavy rain and high wind early Monday.

&#8220I tried to get off the road, but I couldn't in time,” said King.

Sylvester Thomas, who was headed south on US 31, came upon the accident just after it happened.

&#8220It scared me to death,” said Thomas.

Alabama State Troopers are still investigating the accident.

The accident was the second head-on collision in less than two months on US 31. In October, Jason Bradley Skipper, 29, of Georgiana, and Joseph Freeman Jr., 48, of Greenville, were both killed in a two-vehicle accident that took place just a few hundred yards south of where Monday's wreck happened.