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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The first of two fatal wrecks that occurred in the Childersburg area Tuesday evening claimed the lives of a man and juvenile, leaving others hospitalized.
Initial reports from the Childersburg Police Department were that at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, the department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 280 at Wood Road, which is within the city limits.
The department reported that upon arrival three occupants of one vehicle were entrapped and one occupant ejected. Childersburg Fire Department responded to the scene and utilized the Jaws of Life to extricate the occupants from the vehicle.
According to Childersburg PD, two individuals were airlifted by medical helicopters to UAB Hospital, with one person transported by Sylacauga Ambulance to Coosa Valley Medical Center, and one individual was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck was transported by Southeast Shelby Rescue to UAB Hospital.
With the wreck occurring within the city limits, Childersburg PD is conducting the ongoing investigation into the crash rather than the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Childersburg PD reported that the individual pronounced deceased at the scene was 41-year-old Jeremy Andrew Edmondson of Sylacauga.
The one initially transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga was later pronounced deceased. Childersburg PD reported that fatality was a juvenile, but did not wish to disclose any relationship to Edmondson or their age.
As of yesterday, Childersburg PD reported that the others involved in the wreck remained hospitalized at UAB Hospital, with their conditions unknown.
Both wrecks led to Highway 280 in the Childersburg area being closed for a length of time, with traffic at a standstill. At 8:40 p.m. Tuesday ALEA reported that all lanes were back open.
The Childersburg Police Department wished to acknowledge the “exceptional efforts” of its officers and the Childersburg Fire Department at the scene. It further extended its appreciation to Sylacauga Ambulance, Harpersville Fire Department, Southeast Shelby Rescue, Survival Flight, RAMS Medical Helicopter, Sylacauga Fire Department, Talladega County Sheriff’s Office, ALEA, Talladega County Coroner’s Office, and Talladega County 911.
“The collaborative effort of all involved played a crucial role in effectively managing the scene,” the police department stated in a release.
The department further stated, “The Childersburg Police Department would like to extend its condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.”
Childersburg Fire and Rescue also mentioned in a press release that “lots of families lives [were] shattered” Tuesday night. It further asked individuals to “please keep them all in your prayers, as well as those who rendered aid.”