Second victim dies after Wednesday crash on U.S. 78
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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A second victim in a crash last week on U.S. 78 died this weekend in a Birmingham hospital, officials said today.

Catherine McCormick, 80, of Heflin, died at UAB Hospital on Sunday at 4:50 p.m., according to Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown.

The cause of her death was multiple blunt force trauma, the coroner said.

McCormick was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter Cathy McComb, 64, of Heflin, that was involved in an accident on Wednesday.

According to an emailed statement from Alabama State Troopers, the accident occurred when McComb’s vehicle collided with another at mile marker 171, about 5 miles from Heflin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

McCormick was injured in the collision, Brown said Monday.

Brown said that after the collision, McComb got out of her car and was hit by a third vehicle. She was flown to UAB, where she died Wednesday.

Brown said Monday that he did not know whether McComb had also been injured in the first collision.

According to Brown, McCormick was taken to Regional Medical Center on Wednesday and was later transferred to UAB, where she died Sunday.

According to the emailed statement from troopers, ice on the road may have contributed to the crash. The cause of the wreck was still under investigation Monday, according to troopers.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.
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