Archived Story

Bessemer man killed in Calera wreck

Published 9:43am Friday, July 6, 2012


CALERA – A Bessemer man was killed during an accident involving three vehicles near Interstate 65 exit 228 in Calera about 12:45 p.m. July 5.

James Barnett, 26, was pronounced dead on arrival after the wreck involving a van and two large trucks. Barnett was the passenger of a 1990 Ford Clubwagon driven by Shelby resident Donald Hughes, 44, who was transported to UAB Hospital, according to a release from the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

The van’s two other passengers, Bessemer resident April Barnett, 20, and Alabaster resident William Garrison, 40, were also transported to UAB Hospital.

Jerry Brunson, 52, of Byhalia, Ms., who was driving a 2005 Freighliner TTR, was transported to Shelby Baptist Medical Center for injuries sustained during the accident.

Auburn resident Dexter Johnson, 44, who was driving a 2012 Kenworth TTR, was not injured during the wreck.

One northbound lane of Interstate 65 opened three hours after the crash, and the other lane opened four hours after due to bridge repairs, according to a release from the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Editor's Picks

Meet Jersey and Snoopy

This week Shelby Humane would like to introduce you two special fur-buddies Jersey and Snoopy. Read more

Introducing your forever friends

Maggie is a 1-year-old Labrador retriever mix with a sleek brown/white coat and a heart the size of the moon! Read more

Kyler and Max looking for forever homes

Kyler is a 7-year-old Boxer mix with a beautiful brown/white coat and big brown eyes that will just melt your heart. Read more

Meet Dopey and Priss

Dopey and Priss are Shelby Humane Society’s featured pets this week. Read more