2 men killed in separate wrecks
by Rachel Davis
Jan 05, 2014 | 8472 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jasper man was killed in a car accident Friday night in Graysville. The accident occurred on Highway 78.

According to a deputy Jefferson County coroner, Charles Maurice Rice, 49, died at the scene of the accident.

A news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the Camry Rice was driving ran into the back of a semi-truck being towed. The tow truck was stopped at a traffic light when the Camry struck the truck in tow.

Rice was the husband of Walker County Treasurer Sheila Rice. She was also in the vehicle, along with the couple’s son, but both were treated and released at an area hospital.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident call just after 9:30 at the intersection of Highway 78 and Main Street in Graysville. The driver of the tow truck was not injured.

In a separate accident in east Walker on Saturday, William Earl Lovelady, 71, of Dora, was killed when his vehicle left the westbound lane of Highway 78, crossed the median, struck a guardrail on the opposite side and then careened back into traffic, striking an 18-wheeker head on.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 78 and Sharon Boulevard.

Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said Lovelady was pronounced dead on scene. No other injuries were reported. Dora police are investigating the accident. Dora Fire and Rescue, Sumiton Fire and Rescue and Sumiton police also responded to the scene to provide assistance.