Homeowner Speaks Out About Double Fatal Crash in Gardendale
Josh Navarro NewsWest 9
GARDENDALE- Two people are dead after a wreck in Gardendale on Wednesday afternoon. The accident claimed the lives of a 52-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. People who live near the intersection where that crash happened say the area is becoming more and more dangerous.
Two families are mourning after State Troopers say a horrific crash killed a man and a woman in Gardendale. One could see the front of a gray Toyota destroyed and the driver side of a red pickup truck smashed in.
"I was working outside on the back side of the house over here and I heard a huge crash and it sounded like it came through the house. I looked up and there was smoke," John Hancock, a homeowner who lives at the intersection said.
It's a scene all too familiar for Hancock. The crash ended up on the front yard of his house located at the intersection of Hollyhock and Goldenrod. He ran to the scene to help out.
"Tried to see if I could help them, it was too late for the lady in the car. The man was moving a little bit in the truck and we couldn't, by then, people started showing up and trying talking to him and trying to hang on," Hancock said.
Investigators were on scene piecing together what happened. Troopers say the Toyota was driven by 30-year-old Vanessa Burleson of Odessa. Their investigation indicated that she failed to yield the right of way to the truck that was driven by 52-year-old Bobby Childress, Jr. of Gardendale. Burleson was pronounced dead at the scene and Childress was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"It's pretty scary because we live on this corner, most of my life we've lived out here, and we remodeled this house and that corner. In two years, we've had three wrecks like that up in my front yard. I'm at the point now, I'm going have to post some kind of metal pipes up there because I'm afraid they're going to be up in my yard," Hancock said.
Hancock says he's watched trucks and cars pass through that intersection at times avoiding the stop sign.
"It can be changed, it can be fixed, if we can put something there to warn the cars they got to stop," Hancock said.
We're told the woman in the car was not wearing a seatbelt, however, the man in the red pick up truck was wearing one. DPS says because of the influx of drivers in the Basin, it's best to pay attention, slow down and take your time to get to your destination.