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Second person in Clay wreck dies

A wreck on Trussville-Clay Road in Clay on January 25 sent five people to the hospital. The next day conformation came that one of the passengers had died and now another has passed away.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s office is confirming the death of a second passenger, 20 year old Eric Corely.

Sixteen year-old James David Shirley of Center Point died at an area hospital as a result of injuries he received in the accident the following day.

A Facebook page set up on Corley’s behalf, Prayers for Eric Corely, posted a message earlier today that said, “With a heavy heart, I am sad to say that Eric has gone to be with Our Lord this morning. He will be missed by so many and he will never be forgotten. Please continue to pray for his family. We love you Eric! Fly high sweet boy!”

A message on the Facebook page on Tuesday said Corely would be taken off of life support.

The accident occurred at 5:15 p.m. on January 25 on Trussville-Clay Road, according to Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office.

“Deputies were called to the 6700 block of Trussville-Clay Road to investigate a traffic accident,” Christian said. “The investigation revealed that the 17-year-old female driver of a 2002 Ford Escape lost control of the vehicle. It left the road and struck a large rock in an adjacent ditch.”

After hitting the rock, the vehicle returned to the road, according to Christian.  There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.

Christian also said that along with the driver, there were three males and one female in the vehicle. Their ages are 20,18, 15 and 16. The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and the other occupants suffered serious injuries.

Deputies had blocked access to the portion of Trussville-Clay Road from Clay-Chalkville Middle School to Old Springville Road while Center Point Fire and Rescue worked the wreck scene. The road was closed to traffic for well over an hour.

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