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Barbara Keel, a wife and mother killed in a wreck near Somerville on Friday, with her CD 'The Compassion of Christ' and a new compilation CD of Christian artists that included one of her songs.
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Barbara Keel, a wife and mother killed in a wreck near Somerville on Friday, with her CD "The Compassion of Christ" and a new compilation CD of Christian artists that included one of her songs.

Christian musician killed in collision on Alabama 67

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

SOMERVILLE — A local Christian music writer died in an apparent head-on collision near Brewer High School on Friday.

Barbara Keel, 58, of Hartselle was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Alabama 67 near All Jersey Road at 11:30 a.m., state troopers said.

Bystanders pulled her body from the vehicle, which came to rest in a ditch, before flames engulfed it, emergency personnel said.

"They actually got her out of the vehicle before the fire got to her," said Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard.

Beard said blunt force trauma to the head and chest killed Keel on impact.

"The troopers are still working on it, but it looked like it was possibly head-on. She was traveling north on 67, and he was traveling south on 67," Beard said.

Betty Kelso-Clough of Florette was with a client in her 7075 Alabama 67 S. tax office when she heard the accident outside.

"It was like a car door slamming real hard. I said something to my client and he said, 'No, that wasn't a car door.' He went out to look, and I called 911," Kelso-Clough said.

"My client went out to check the lady's pulse and he said she was already deceased. I saw the large 18-wheeler truck and then the car was burning on the other side of the truck, and people were coming up and a lot of traffic was stopped," she said.

Florette firefighters assisted

Kelso-Clough said Florette firefighters arrived shortly to put the fire out.

"I think a lot of people drive down Highway 67 too fast. There's a lot of truck traffic here," Kelso-Clough said.

Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home will announce arrangements for Keel.

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