DOTHAN, Ala. – A van driven by former University of Alabama football star Siran Stacy was struck by a pickup truck at an intersection, killing six people, including Stacy's wife and four of his children, state toopers said Tuesday.
Trooper Sgt. Tracy Nelson said the driver of the pickup was on the wrong side of the road when it struck Stacy's van on the passenger side around 11 p.m. Monday.
Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd said the Stacy van, going north on Alabama Highway 123, had stopped at a red light at the intersection of U.S. 84, about six miles west of Dothan.
"The light turned green and they proceeded to cross the road" when hit by the other vehicle, Byrd said. "It was a small pickup truck headed west, but it was in the eastbound lane."
"He hit them broadside, T-boned them at the intersection there," Byrd said.
Nelson said investigators are trying to determine what caused the truck to be in the wrong lane of the four-lane U.S. 84.
Dorris Teague, a spokeswoman for state troopers in Montgomery, said the driver of the pickup truck also was killed and Stacy and his 3-year-old daughter were injured.
Stacy, 39, who has been employed by a mortgage company, was a star running back for Alabama during 1989-1991, whose 17 rushing touchdowns in 1989 is second most for a season at Alabama.
He was the first pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1992 draft, but amid injury and legal problems was cut the next year. While he never carried the ball in the NFL, he played for a few years in Canada and for minor pro leagues.
He was listed in stable condition in surgical intensive care at Flowers Hospital in Dothan. His 3-year-old child, Shelly Stacy, was air-lifted to Children's Hospital in Birmingham, where her condition was not released by the hospital.
The county coroner said those killed in the wreck were Stacy's wife, Ellen Stacy, 36, children Lequisa, 18, Bronson, 10, Sidney, 8, and Ellie, 2, all of Newton in southeast Alabama, and the driver of the pickup, Adam W. Wayman, 29, of Dothan.
"It was horrendous .... I've never had anything like that in my life and I've been doing this for 20 years," Byrd said. "The truck that hit the car was on the passenger side and the impact was substantial. Everybody in there all died instantly. The kids in the back had seat belts on, the parents did not."
Stacy was also involved in a roadway accident in Florida last year in which two people died. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that he was driving a sport utility vehicle in Freeport, Fla., on Sept. 12, 2006, when he swerved to try to avoid hitting another SUV that had stopped for traffic. Stacy hit the rear of the vehicle, which was pushed into another lane and struck by a pickup truck, killing two people in the SUV, the report said.
It was not immediately known if the accident led to any charges or citations.