Father, daughter killed in Calera crash
The Calera community is mourning the deaths of a 67 year-old man and his nine year-old daughter, both killed in a crash Monday night.
"She was a funny, nice girl," said fourth grade student Gregory about his classmate Jocelyn.
His friend since kindergarten died in this accident Monday night.
Jocelyn and her dad, 67 year-old Randy Jeffries, were in this silver sedan when they tried to pull onto highway 69-75 at McKennon Road around 6 p.m.
"From that intersection they were struck by a northbound semi," said Calera Police Chief Don Hyde.
Police said it's early in their investigation but they believe the sedan failed to yield.
Jeffries, a former volunteer coach for Durant High School's wrestling team, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the semi was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He has since been released.
Jocelyn died a short time later at a local hospital.
News that's hitting the the Calera community, young and old, hard.
"At first I didn't think it was true and then I looked at my moms phone and then I was sad, very sad," Gregory said.
"There's absolutely no way to put into words how emotional everyone is around here right now," said Chief Hyde.
As for Gregory, he said he'll always remember his friend.
"It's never goodbye, I'll see you later," Gregory said. "Going to keep her in my mind and keep her mom in my mind and pray for the family."
The superintendent said additional counselors have been called in to help students and teachers with this loss