Two fatalities in head-on collision

A two-vehicle, head-on collision on U.S. 231 South, near Champion Road, claimed two lives on July 3. As a result of the 10:40 p.m. wreck, five others were transported to a Birmingham hospital.

Jason Swope, 24, of Springville, was killed when the 2005 BMW 323 he was driving crossed the centerline and was struck by a 2015 GMC Acadia. Swope was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger in the BMW, Brett Beemer, 51, of Oneonta, was also pronounced dead at the scene. According to the State Troopers report, Beemer was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the GMC and three occupants were transported to UAB Hospital with minor injuries. A fourth occupant in the GMC was airlifted to UAB Hospital with serious injuries.

ALEA and the Blount County Coroner’s Office are investigating, and no further information is available at this time.