According to an Alabama Department of Public Safety accident report, Jamie Bullard, 31, of Pell City, died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 20.
“He was a wonderful guy and a great employee,” said Mayor Bill Hereford.
Bullard started working for the city part-time while attending Pell City High School in 1997. After he graduated, Bullard was hired full-time in 1999 as a light equipment operator. He eventually worked his way into the city shop, where he performed the duties as the city mechanic.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all of his friends - and he had a lot of friends,” Hereford said. “This is a terrible tragedy.”
The accident happened at about 6:20 p.m., Wednesday, about one mile east of Leeds on I-20 in Jefferson County. Bullard was the driver of the 1994 Isuzu Rodeo, which collided with a tractor trailer.
The accident is still under investigation.
Three passengers, family members, were also injured in the accident.
The Alabama State Trooper Birmingham Post reported that Amanda Bullard, 28, of Pell City, George Macon III, 21, of Pell City, and Wanda Bullard, 55, of Pell City were injured and transported to University Hospital in Birmingham.
A UAB spokesperson said Thursday morning that Amanda Bullard was not listed; Macon was treated and released, and Wanda Bullard was undergoing surgery.
Mike Martin, the city street superintendent and Bullard’s supervisor, said Bullard was well liked by all.
“He is going to be missed big-time,” Martin said. “There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or wouldn’t do.”
He said Bullard was sort of a quiet individual, who was liked by all.
“He’s really going to be missed, not just by me, but by the whole city,” Martin said.
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