One Fatality In Accident In Fort Payne

Date: 05/29/2019

Title: Press Release

On Tuesday May 28th at approximately 4:57 pm a call of a two-vehicle accident was reported to the Fort Payne Police Department Chief Randy Bynum stated.  Officers arrived on scene and discovered a 2003 Jeep Liberty, driven by Robert Joseph Hairell age 21 of Fort Payne and a 1997 Nissan Altima, driven by Barbara Appleton Burgess, age 77 of Fort Payne collided at the intersection of 13th Street N and Alabama Avenue NW. Chief Bynum reported that Fort Payne Fire Medics arrived and found Ms. Burgess unresponsive. Burgess was later pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mr. Hairell had extensive injuries and was transported to Dekalb Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The investigation into the accident continues by Fort Payne Police Detectives and Fort Payne Traffic Homicide Investigator with possible charges forth coming.