Three Dead After Flomaton Traffic Crash, One Critical (Updated With All Names)
August 31, 2010
A wreck Monday afternoon in Flomaton has claimed the lives of three people, including a nine year old boy.
Family members say Stephen Carl Thompson, 33, and his son, Nathan, 9, died in the accident. Both Bay Minette residents were killed instantly in the horrific crash about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 113 and Highway 31.
Alice Bradley Bradford, 79, of Pensacola, died Monday at Baptist Hospital. Her husband, Edward M. Bradford, 80, remained in critical condition Tuesday at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Thompson and his son were traveling north on Highway 31 in a maroon Mercury Grand Marquis when their vehicle was struck by a silver Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Alice Bradford. Both of the elderly victims were airlifted from the scene in critical condition by two separate LifeFlight helicopters.
The impact of the crash pushed both vehicles off the highway into a service bay at Rowland’s Tires. Witnesses said they never heard the screech of tires as either car braked. All they heard was what sounded like an explosion.
Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton was at the nearby firehouse when he was alerted to the crash. “I knew it was real bad when I got here,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of bad wrecks. This was a real, real bad accident.”
Monday afternoon, many witnesses and emergency responders were quick to point out the number of severe accidents that happen at the intersection. In February, 2009, two Pensacola men died and three others were critically injured in a fiery crash when they failed to stop at the end of Highway 113 and plowed into a billboard support at the corner of the tire store. (Click here for photos from that wreck.)
The Flomaton Fire Department, Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, the Century, McDavid and Molino stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, D.W. McMillan Ambulance, Atmore Ambulance, Flomaton Police Department, Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office and Alabama State Troopers responded to the crash.
Pictured: Three people died as a result of this wreck Monday afternoon in Flomaton. The bottom inset photo by Alisa Hart shows one vehicle after it was righted. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.