Tallassee Southside Middle School Principal Killed In Traffic Accident


By Heather VacLav

Alabama State Troopers confirm Southside Middle School principal Alan Thompson died in a wreck in Elmore County Saturday night.


Troopers say the two-vehicle crash happened around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Cherokee Trail Road and State Route 14.

The 49-year old principal lost his life after his 2010 Chevrolet Impala collided with a 2001 Ford Taurus, belonging to 22-year old Jeremy Stroud. Stroud was not injured in the accident.

State troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash, no other information is available at this time.


Thompson, a Calera native, was welcomed to the Tallassee School System for the 2012-13 school year when Dr. Kenneth Varner stepped down as principal at Southside Middle School to be the district's superintendent. 

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lulu said on Monday, Jan 7 at 10:38 AM

Mr. Thompson i love you. you will be missed dearly at SMS. You were at best friend to everybody at SMS. You were the best principal we had. You will always have that big miss in SMS, from the teachers and kids of 2012-2013. We are gonna miss that big smile you had on your face everyday walking day the hall ways. You were there for all of us when any of us were down you were there to pick them up. That is going to be a hard thing when we go back to school and you not begin there. Ryan and Cody yall are going to be missed and we are going to hate to see yall have to leave. Ryan you were my best friend and you still are and i love you buddy. R....I....P.... Mr. Thompson. love you. you were so good to us all the time. You would joke with us a lot and mess with us. We are gonna have be go to school now and know that you are in heaven looking down on us, and begin very proud of us to. WE MISS YOU MR. THOMPSON.!!!! :(

Concerned citizen said on Sunday, Jan 6 at 9:49 PM

It was a 3 car accident. If they had a caution light up at that intersection then this never would of happen! This the 2nd fatality at this intersection in 6 months!

Jennifer said on Sunday, Jan 6 at 6:21 PM

Very sad day inTallassee!!!:-(

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