Man dies Tuesday night in car accident

Published 7:13 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Jemison man was killed and another man seriously injured in a head-on collision Tuesday night north of Jemison.

Gregory Rollins, 46, of Jemison died on the scene, Chilton County Coroner Randy Yeargan confirmed.

The two vehicles, a passenger truck and a car, collided about 7 p.m. on U.S. Highway 31 just south of County Road 33. Rollins was reportedly the driver of the car. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

A section of Highway 31 was closed while emergency responders extricated both the injured man and the victim’s body. The highway was shut down for approximately four hours.

“It took us 12 minutes to extricate him,” North Chilton Fire Chief Jason Scott said, referring to the survivor. “It took over 30 minutes to extricate the body of the other victim.”

At the time of the crash, Scott was participating in a Lifesaver landing zone class along with members of North Chilton, West Chilton and West Shelby fire departments. The Lifesaver helicopter was supposed to fly down for the class but could not due to inclement weather.

“We already knew they couldn’t fly, so we never attempted to contact them after the wreck due to weather,” Scott said.

The injured man, whose name was not released, was transported to UAB via RPS Ambulance.