Football Player Killed, 30 Injured When Bus Overturns Following Flomaton Game

September 3, 2011

A Southern Choctaw High School football player was killed and about 30 others were injured in an accident between the team’s bus and a car following a Friday night game at Flomaton High School.

Alabama troopers said 15-year old Otties William Brewer III of Silias, Alabama, died when the car and bus collided, overturning the bus onto its roof.

The accident happened about midnight in Coffeeville, about 20 miles from Southern Choctaw High. The driver of  1999 Nissan Maxima was also injured and airlifted to a Montgomery hospital. Alabama State Troopers said the driver of the Maxima, whose name has not been released, ran a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 84 and Alabama Hwy. 69 hitting the bus. The bus was being escorted by an Alabama State Trooper and a Choctaw County Sheriff’s deputy at the time of the crash, according to troopers.

Alabama troopers “continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash,” according to a press release.

Southern Choctaw High School is in Gilbertown, Alabama, a small community of about 200 people near the Mississippi line –  about 115 miles from Flomaton.  The close-knit Gilbertown community gathered for a prayer service this morning.

The accident remains under investigation by Alabama State Troopers. More details will be posted as they become available.

Pictured top: One Southern Choctaw High football player was killed and 33 injured during this crash about midnight in Coffeeville, Alabama. Photos courtesy WALA-TV Fox 10 for, click to enlarge. Pictured bottom of page: The Southern Choctaw High School football team. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.


92 Responses to “Football Player Killed, 30 Injured When Bus Overturns Following Flomaton Game”

  1. Jose woods on July 8th, 2017 4:21 am

    I miss you so much i been 6 years that you been gone i wish i got to say that i love bee and rip love jose you little cousin

  2. Dalton Sheffield on October 30th, 2015 2:11 pm

    its been almost 4 years sense I lost you my friend hope to see you again in paradise Will
    we all love and miss you man all of us

  3. Jacob on November 21st, 2014 11:37 am

    R.i.p god will take care of u I lost a cousin too shamarcus spers

  4. Bailee Hopkins on January 24th, 2012 11:59 am

    R.i.p William , it’s been almost 5 months, are school misses you, Hope too see you soon…..! <3 I am a Indian, (&) we are Southern Choctaw..! <3
    We love you,
    Southern Choctaw High School.

  5. Lamar Pace on December 21st, 2011 8:58 pm

    As a former graduate of S.C.H.S. my prayers go out to all the family and friends.

  6. shanteria on September 9th, 2011 4:15 pm

    so sorry what happend brewers familt he’s in gods hand now so yuh don’t have to worry just know that god was ready for him sorry

  7. Brittany Lott on September 8th, 2011 11:43 am

    I did not know William personaly but my prayers go out to his family. I am a former student of SOUTHERN CHOCTAW, and when I heard about the wreck I cryed. My brother was one of the students on that bus. Im glad everbody else including my brother Gavin Monogan was ok, but It would have been better if everyone including William was ok. LOTS OF LOVE 4 SOUTHERN CHOCTAW FOOTBALL PLAYERS.
    That just shows you how stupid it is to drink and drive, and not pay attention to what you are doing when you drive. DONT DRINK AND DRIVE.:(

  8. Nikki Le Ann Mosley on September 6th, 2011 6:26 pm

    my prays goes to William’s family & friends& his girlfriend (my best friends)! <3 and they also go to everyone in the wreck! hope they find out who the driver was this is so sad!!

  9. Haley Hopkins on September 6th, 2011 2:44 pm

    our prayers from Wayne Academy go out to everyone ,and the parents ,and to who was injured…

  10. Martina Thompson on September 6th, 2011 12:18 pm

    My prayers go out to the family of this young man and all the victims of this tragic event. I pray that God will comfort all of you.

  11. Carolyn H. Crosby on September 5th, 2011 8:43 pm

    I am a teacher at Southern Choctaw High School. I was blessed to have had William as a student. We thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers as we go through such a difficult time. Would you please remember us tomorrow as we go through our 1st day of school without William. Remember: Tough Times Do Not Last, Tough People DO!

  12. Tracy Pace on September 5th, 2011 5:43 pm

    My prayers are with my former school S.C.H.S family as they deal with the lost of a team memeber .My prayers also go out to the family of this young man;keep looking up toward heaven and praying to God because he is the only one that will get you through this.May God keep yall in his arms.Tracy.Pace

  13. Kristy Ridgeway on September 5th, 2011 12:25 pm

    Prayers for the students, faculty/staff, players, cheerleaders, band, coaches, etc from SCHS! This is such a heart breaking tragedy. Also, prayers going up for the community. Everyone here in Excel, AL is praying and will continue to keep you all lifted up in prayer.

    My brother is a teacher/coach and drives one of the football buses. So, we also lift up the bus driver of the bus. My heart breaks knowing what she/he must be feeling.

    GOD BLESS each and every on you of guys! We love you!

  14. Christina Rolin on September 5th, 2011 11:16 am

    My aunt told me about this wreck. I am so sorry for all of your losses.

  15. Juliana on September 5th, 2011 11:13 am

    I knew about this the day after it happened and my 2 cousins go there and i was from there. You hear it on the news about other schools and people , but once it happens to a school that u know almost everyone at it is just so sad!! I am still praying for everyone in the wreck just not the idiotic driver that caused it!!! :_(

  16. Stacy on September 5th, 2011 7:06 am

    Prayers goes out to the families and communities with deepest sympathy.

  17. Cody Burroughs on September 4th, 2011 10:35 pm

    Heyy my name is Cody in a middle linebacker for Bryant High School ….. last year i had a career ending injury …. and i thought that was bad but this got to me … this is heartbreaking … and to louse a fellow ball player like that .. word cant even describe it …. but my heart goes out to the familey … Im Sorry

  18. nicki from leroy high school on September 4th, 2011 8:39 pm

    i am a member of the dance team at leroy high school and my thoughts and prayers go out to ya’ll and my youth group at First Baptist Church of Leroy is pray of the family and everyone involved

  19. number 51 flomaton on September 4th, 2011 8:23 pm

    my prayers go out to everyone from schs and fam.. they were the the nices team that we play very respectable and i am praying for everyone who was in it.. and will be playing for yall on friday nights

  20. Lydia on September 4th, 2011 7:36 pm

    I was so sorry to hear about this awful accident in Church this morning. Our prayers go out to each and every one of you. I know this will be a really hard time for you all. If it just gets too much to bear, just close your eyes and feel Gods arms around you. God Bless you all…

  21. Flomaton High School c/o 2015 on September 4th, 2011 6:45 pm

    We are all so very sorry that this had to happen. We have been praying for all especially the Brewer family. Stupid people that shouldn’t drink and drive!!! This is a terrible situation, our prayers go out to y’all.

  22. MustuKnow on September 4th, 2011 6:38 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Otties William Brewer. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I have read several places that there was a player Lifeflighted from the football game earlier in the evening, can anyone tell me if that player is doing okay and how about the injured players, are they all okay?

  23. Fhs Student on September 4th, 2011 6:09 pm

    Condolences goes out to the Brewer Family sorry to hear about the lost ! My God be with you and prayer are highly lifted to the family

  24. Wanda Pringle and Family on September 4th, 2011 5:21 pm

    Just want you all to know that we are so very sorry about what happened our family and church family is praying for you. Continue to put your trust and faith in the Lord and he will see you through this,remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal.

  25. SARA DAW on September 4th, 2011 4:00 pm

    Our heart and prayers goes out to the families of the football players and especially to the BREWER family.Words cannot express sorrow and feelings of what your family is going through right about now.But we all know that God will be by your side and to all the families ,coaches,the entire High School and your surrounding communities god will be with u all too and he will make u all strong and keep your spirits up and your faith in him.He will bring u all through this tragedy and your time in need,I am from the Flomaton Area and our community has u all in our prayers.My family and all will continue to keep u all in our prayers.And a speedy recovery for the families of the children that was injuried in this terrible tragedy.MAY GOD BLESS AND GIVE U ALL COMFORT IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW…..GOD BLESS TO ALL!!!!!!!! THE DAW FAMILY

  26. Student of Southern Choctaw on September 4th, 2011 2:45 pm

    I an a student of Southern Choctaw. I knew William personally and this accident has caused almost every person at our school to fall apart! People these days don’t know what drinking and driving can do! The bus driver of the bus is my teacher and she is the safest person while watchin over kids. She thinks of them as her own kids. Our school will never be te same because of a person who was drinking and driving. Please continue to keep the brewer family the bus driver and every other student that was on that bus in your prayers!!

  27. Evelyn on September 4th, 2011 2:07 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone………………

  28. The Boone's on September 4th, 2011 1:42 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and families and the community of Southern Choctaw…this is so tragic, may God be with you. From J.U. Blacksher in Uriah, AL

  29. Gwen on September 4th, 2011 6:28 am

    Prayers for everyone, but I feel a special sorrow for the bus driver. A bus driver knows WHAT can happen, but you hope it never does. Anyone who is driving a vehicle in which someone is injured feels somewhat responsible whether you are not. My prayers are especially with her this a.m.

  30. Darlene Class of 77 SCHS on September 4th, 2011 1:46 am

    God Bless the Children. It’s a sad accident to read/hear, but this goes to show that without GOD in our lives watching over us a putting us under his wings this could have been so much worse. I pray for the Brewer family and God knows your hurt, stay in pray and keep your loved ones close. To the SCHS INDIANS you all are a small group but you have big hearts with lots of Love to share, let your Love and light shine. GO BIG RED. God’s Speed

  31. Darlene Class of 77 SCHS on September 4th, 2011 1:39 am

    Such a great lost. God can and will heal our burden hearts. Pray together as a team, May God Bless the Brewer family today, tomorrow and forever. GO BIG RED!!!!!! INDIANS

  32. cody on September 4th, 2011 12:14 am

    SCHS an Ottis family and friends will be in prayers

  33. Jimmy on September 3rd, 2011 10:24 pm

    My prayers go out to all effected by this tragic accident. May God bless and be with each and everyone of you.

  34. glastings on September 3rd, 2011 9:27 pm

    This is such a tragic event. A prayer will be said. These kids are so precious and give so much for their school and town. No one can know the pain of these kids. I hope that their season can be saved somehow. The players can be their best shoulders to rest on.

  35. James on September 3rd, 2011 8:47 pm

    Prayers from the panhandle to all… It is sorrowing to the heart when a young person is taken. Find peace in knowing he is walking with Jesus…

  36. the brinson family on September 3rd, 2011 7:57 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the hands of god wrap his everloving arms around the brewer family. Just know that he will carry you through. To SCHS football team stay strong even in the midst of all the pain.
    From our family to yours.

    God Is Able

  37. Rhonda Currie on September 3rd, 2011 6:42 pm

    This is terrible. I am praying for everyone involved and their families and friends and town. I can not imagine something so terrible and my heart aches for the child that lost his lifes parents and family. God please help them during this terrible tragedy.

  38. roberta on September 3rd, 2011 6:29 pm

    So sorry for the families an players. All our prayers are with them at this time. Special prayers for the family that lost their child. GOD BLESS THEM AN HOLD THEM TIGHT IN YOUR ARMS FOR THEY NEED YOU NOW.

  39. LIndsey on September 3rd, 2011 6:22 pm

    my boyfriend and I were talking on the phone last night when this happened and got a call and left to go out to the scene last night. he was a gruadate from there and knew all these kids in this tragic accident. my heart breaks for all these families and people of that community who have been affected. I’m praying for you guys.

  40. Angel on September 3rd, 2011 6:21 pm

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of this young man.. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. and prayers for all the other injured students…I pray that God will comfort the students and faculty of this school and will bring comfort and peace to your community.

  41. amanda on September 3rd, 2011 6:19 pm

    From a graduate of Millry High School my prayers our with the players and the students. May GOD bless you in your time of need

  42. Concerned parent on September 3rd, 2011 6:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the children and families involved. It’s so sad and such a tragedy. I really worry about our children on these school buses. It’s the law to wear a seat belt in a car to save lives but on our school buses our children do not have one to wear. It really concerns me.

  43. mary on September 3rd, 2011 5:39 pm

    TOO SAD!!!

  44. Sandy on September 3rd, 2011 5:38 pm

    Such a sad time in Coffeeville, AL, this morning. Our heart felt condolences go out to Otis Brewer’s family and friends, as well as all the other parents, students, and faculty affected by this tradgedy. Additionally, our prayers go out to the young man in the car who was critically injured and airlifted to a Montgomery hospital. No one ever thinks something like this will happen in his or her town; however, I would like to say thanks to the Coffeeville and West Bend Fire Departments and their auxillary; Clarke County EMA Director, Roy Waite; the law enforcement officers; and the ambulance personal who all responded so promptly and efficiently. Thanks also go out to everyone else who helped in any way.

  45. Minister Shirley P McNickles on September 3rd, 2011 5:09 pm

    My prayers and condolences goes out to Southern Choctaw High School faculty and student body,and family of the young man whom lost his life in this tragedy
    May God’s anointing hoover over you to comfort you as you press you way through this time of sorrow. To the Southern Choctaw High School Football
    Team and coaching staff I pray a special prayer for you as you continue to
    link together in love as you feel the sadness of losing the link of one that made up your football team.

  46. Letha Thompson on September 3rd, 2011 5:04 pm

    We thank everyone whose praying for our county and school.We need your prayers and ty for them.

  47. Minister Shirley P McNickles on September 3rd, 2011 5:01 pm

    My prayers and condolences goes out to Southern Choctaw High School faculty and sstudent body,and family of the young man whom lost his life in this tragedy
    May God’s anointing over you to comfort you as you press you way through this time of sorrow. To the Southern Choctaw High School Football
    Team and coaching staff I pray a special prayer for you as you continue to
    link together in love as you feel the sadness of losing the link of one that made up your football team.

  48. ashley on September 3rd, 2011 4:38 pm

    this is such a sad moment! prayers going out to that family and the team! we just never know when the lord is ready for us! so sorry for the loss choctaw!

  49. Mrs. Perry on September 3rd, 2011 4:01 pm

    The Ernest Ward Middle School faculty, staff, students, parents, and communities send our condolences to the school, families, players, and friends during this diffcult time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each if you.  Ernest Ward Middle School.

  50. Melissa Miller on September 3rd, 2011 3:51 pm

    Our prayers are with everyone involved in this horriffic accident. May God be with all individuals who are involved and watch out over every team on and off the playing fields.

  51. Rita on September 3rd, 2011 3:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for everyone’s pain and suffering. God be with all the young people and all families and friends involved.

  52. Mrs. Spence on September 3rd, 2011 3:28 pm

    My heart is sad…. praying for all.

  53. Tammy on September 3rd, 2011 3:18 pm

    This is so sad I was thinlking that that was a long way to come play football,,This is just so sad School just started, I hope someone will be there for these kids to talk to on Tues ,,

  54. Cheryl on September 3rd, 2011 3:10 pm

    Former graduate of FHS would like to say that this is horrible and so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family who loss their son last night. Also for the ones that was injured in the wreck I wish a speedy recovery for them. And the one that was air lifted after the game I wish for a speedy recovery for him. May God comfort each of you.

  55. Jennifer James on September 3rd, 2011 3:03 pm

    Our thoughts n prayers go out to the families n friends….this is hard on everyone when a child is involved…God bless n keep u safe.

  56. Bam on September 3rd, 2011 3:01 pm

    Prayers to the families of all concerned.

  57. Jennifer Ness on September 3rd, 2011 3:00 pm

    My heart is saddened to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved!

  58. reader of the news on September 3rd, 2011 2:45 pm

    so very, very sorry praying for the family, team, school..Lord be with them and give them great comfort..I am so sorry this happened

  59. JIM W on September 3rd, 2011 2:44 pm

    So sad! My prayers to all of them and their families!

  60. steve t. on September 3rd, 2011 2:30 pm

    this news is very disturbing,watched our kids get on bus last sorry,will be praying for everyone.

  61. Stacey on September 3rd, 2011 2:16 pm

    Thoughts and prayers sent to the families, friends and community!

  62. Jessica on September 3rd, 2011 2:16 pm

    Such a terrible tragedy, and why all drivers must remember how crucial it is to be safe on the roads. Not saying it was because of bad driving, no details released on the cause, however it is a clear reminder of how safe we should be. Prayers for all involved, esp. the family of the player killed.

  63. Stephanie on September 3rd, 2011 2:15 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the community in this time of need.

  64. Nancy on September 3rd, 2011 2:03 pm

    So so sad…prayers sent to all!

  65. holly on September 3rd, 2011 1:59 pm

    Omg praying

  66. Nancy Davis on September 3rd, 2011 1:56 pm

    I am so sorry and saddened for everyone involved in this accident. I pray for comfort and strength and acceptance for all involved.

  67. Vicki Baggett on September 3rd, 2011 1:55 pm

    I have chills reading this. I am so sorry for the loss of this young man. My prayers are with his family, the team, friends, coaches, and all involved.

  68. EMD on September 3rd, 2011 1:54 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss and pain. I have prayed that God will comfort you and see you through this painful time, and also comfort and heal the injured:

    “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

    “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

    “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

    2 Corinthians 1:3-5

  69. carl & Sylvia on September 3rd, 2011 1:54 pm

    My heart breaks for all those involved in the wreck. My thoughts and prayers go out for all those involved and their families.This is such a tragedy!

  70. Michelle on September 3rd, 2011 1:44 pm

    Praying for all of the students and their families… This happened only 2 hours after all of these children watched one of their own being life-lighted to Baptist Hospital following the game against Flomaton. Such a sad event!

  71. Melissa on September 3rd, 2011 1:30 pm

    I am so saddened by the news. We were just watching them play last night. All players,families, classmates and faculty are in our prayers and thoughts. May God comfort and strengthen them all.

  72. Tate Mom on September 3rd, 2011 1:30 pm

    My prayers are w/ the families and entire community.

  73. Aaron on September 3rd, 2011 1:23 pm

    How tragic.

    Prayers to all involved.

  74. Lynn on September 3rd, 2011 1:19 pm

    This is such a tragedy. Praying for all!

  75. dawn on September 3rd, 2011 1:03 pm

    that is soo sad. my heart goes out to the families of the player that lost his life and all those injured.

  76. Mark on September 3rd, 2011 12:55 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, players, and coaches involved in this horrific accident.

  77. melissa on September 3rd, 2011 12:51 pm

    So sad. Prayers for the players and their families.

  78. Waller on September 3rd, 2011 12:27 pm

    My heart aches for these young men and their families. Prayers for the players, families, and the whole community.

  79. Margo Adams on September 3rd, 2011 12:25 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the player that was killed as well as the rest of the team, school, and community. May God’s love help you through this tragic time.

  80. 429SCJ on September 3rd, 2011 12:22 pm

    Lord be with these people. A shocking tragedy.

  81. Charla Hayles on September 3rd, 2011 12:07 pm

    So sorry to hear of this. My prayers are going out to this family that lost a son as well as the team & school.

  82. MicheleG on September 3rd, 2011 11:51 am

    How horrible, prayers for all those affected!

  83. AL on September 3rd, 2011 11:46 am

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences to those involved. How tragic…..

  84. Willene Bryan on September 3rd, 2011 11:43 am

    Prayer’s for all.

  85. marie on September 3rd, 2011 11:41 am

    Thoughts and prayers go out to all involved!!!! So sad :’(

  86. Molino Mom on September 3rd, 2011 11:35 am

    Thoughts and prayers going out to the whole town!

  87. Toni on September 3rd, 2011 11:35 am

    Prayers goes out to the families and the community.

  88. Sarah on September 3rd, 2011 11:29 am

    Prayers to the families affected. So sad to hear about.

  89. Alyssa on September 3rd, 2011 11:29 am

    I hate to hear that… I’ll keep them and their families in my prayers… :’(

  90. Sandy on September 3rd, 2011 11:29 am

    Prayers going out to all the players and families.

  91. Rhonda on September 3rd, 2011 11:23 am

    Such sad news. Prayers for the players and families affected…..

  92. tara smith on September 3rd, 2011 11:23 am

    Prayers go out to everyone during this time. This is a tragic wreck.