MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. - A community is in shock over what happened early Tuesday morning on Danville Road in Morgan County.
The roadway was shut down about two miles south of Decatur. Alabama State Troopers say a Suburban and a Ford Ranger collided about 5 a.m. and the Suburban caught on fire. The driver and passenger got out safely, as well as the driver of the Ranger.
While they were waiting in a yard, the driver of a Ford F-150 approached the crash site, heading toward Decatur, and swerved to avoid the vehicles. The truck ended up hitting all three people in the yard about 5:40 a.m.
The passenger of the Suburban, 59-year-old Brenda Casteel Berryman, died at the scene. The driver of the Ranger, 31-year-old Bryan Anthony Johnson, died a short time later at Huntsville Hospital.
Edgar Berryman, 64, was the driver of the Suburban. Troopers say he was injured and taken to Huntsville Hospital for evaluation.
Troopers say they continue to investigate the circumstances and aren't releasing any more information at this time.
Neighbors in Shock
When Kathie Seals saw the second collision, she immediately dialed 911, not knowing the bystanders had been hit.
“Y’all need to get somebody out here because they’re starting to pile up. They can’t see anything out there,” said Seals.
Seals believes the cloak of darkness, made it impossible for the driver of the Ford F-150, to see the victims along the road.
“One of the state troopers asked him, did you hit that lady? He said, 'Not that I know of.' So, I don’t think he ever knew that he hit actual people," said Seals.
Rita Ryan lives close by, and watched investigators comb the roadside for much of the day.
“Everyone that I have talked to, has really been in shock,” said Ryan.
She is turning to her faith for the families of Brenda and Bryan, that lost them on this day of celebrating love.
“These people lost their family members on Valentine’s Day. It will never be the same again,” said Ryan.
Kathie is also emotionally drained from what her eyes have seen, but says it's another tragic result of people driving too fast down Danville Road.
“It’s actually dangerous to even just go to the mailbox. We look way to make sure nothing is coming for a long ways before we even attempt to cross the road,” said Seals.
Seals said she's witnessed at least three wrecks in front of her home, just in the last year.