- Cullman, Alabama

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February 8, 2012

UPDATED: Wreck claims one life, another injured

CULLMAN — A two-vehicle accident just west of Cullman late Wednesday afternoon took the life of a Cullman man and sent the driver of a separate vehicle to the hospital with injuries police said were not life-threatening.

The wreck occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 278, about a mile west of Interstate 65.

Cullman County resident Dave Hollis was pronounced dead at the scene. He was driving a silver sedan; the driver of the other vehicle, a green Jeep, was transported by ambulance to Cullman Regional Medical Center for leg injuries.

Officers said the driver of the Jeep was able to move and to communicate with responders at the scene.

Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey, who assisted at the scene, said state troopers were still investigating what caused the accident, as well as the vehicles’ directions of travel and other factors.

Both accident victims were residents of Cullman County, said Rainey.

The wreck shut down both lanes along a two-mile section of Highway 278 for two hours, as responders with the sheriff’s office, state troopers and the Bethsadia Volunteer Fire Department worked the accident.

Check for updates as they become available.

* Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 270.

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