A horrific tractor-trailer crash on U.S. 280 in central Alabama killed Auburn football superfan Tammy Renae Bullard and her 2-year-old granddaughter Friday, Nov. 16.
Ms. Bullard, a fervent Auburn fan and regular caller to the Paul Finebaum show on ESPN Radio, is known to many listeners as Tammy from Clanton. According to AL.com, Ms. Bullard was traveling westbound on U.S. 280 between Sylacauga and Childersburg when a tractor-trailer traveling in the eastbound lanes veered into oncoming traffic.
Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell told AL.com that the tractor-trailer was hauling some kind of explosive material, prompting authorities to evacuate all homes and businesses within a one-mile radius due to the potential risk to public health and safety.
Authorities who responded to the crash said that the tractor-trailer may have had a tire blowout, causing it to veer into the westbound lane and collide with Ms. Bullard’s SUV and flip onto its side.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was flown to UAB Hospital’s trauma center. Ms. Bullard, 53, and her granddaughter Princess Adaleigh Bess, who would have turned 3 next month, died at the scene of the crash.
News of Ms. Bullard’s death came as a shock to the Auburn University community and listeners to the Paul Finebaum Show. Although she was a vociferous Auburn fan, she had a lot of love for Alabama fans and rivals.
When Style Blueprint asked her about Mr. Finebaum, she replied:
Oh, I love Finebaum. He’s a ‘Bam, no doubt about it, but so is my mom, so that puts them in the same category and shows you how much I care about them. He’s really a super, sweet guy. There aren’t enough nice things to say about Paul. He knows a lot about sports, and I know people say he doesn’t. And he likes to keep the pot stirring, ain’t no doubt about that, because he sure can flip my switch! He’s still just Paul. I love him to death.