Pell City Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Don Newton said the accident happened at about 2:38 p.m., Friday, near Lakewood Presbyterian Church, about the 4900 block of Stemley Bridge Road.
“It sounded like a gas truck blew up,” said Mike Pogala, who was resting on the couch inside his home about 400 yards away from where the accident occurred. “That’s what I thought it was – an explosion.”
He said it wasn’t until his wife came inside the home and told him there was a wreck near the couple’s fenced pasture, where they have cattle.
“That’s the second wreck they had right there in about the last three weeks,” Pogala said. “Someone needs to put up a guardrail there.”
Newton identified the victim as Edward Knight Jr., 47, of Odenville.
Knight was conscious after Pell City Fire and Rescue extracted the man out of the mangled wreckage with the Jaws of Life.
Newton said Knight was transported to University Hospital in Birmingham by a Lifesaver helicopter that landed in pasture adjacent to the wreck.
He said Knight was driving east, toward Talladega County, when he lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway.
Newton said accident is still under investigation by the Pell City Police Department.
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