Southside Middle School principal killed in crash - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Southside Middle School principal killed in crash

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • GM issues 6 more safety recalls

    GM issues 6 more safety recalls

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:42:52 GMT
    General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.More >>
    General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.More >>
  • Marijuana operation busted in Marengo Co.

    Marijuana operation busted in Marengo Co.

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:12:49 GMT
    (Source: Alabama ABC Board)(Source: Alabama ABC Board)
    Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board found and destroyed several marijuana plants on Wednesday. Agents discovered the plants while exploring a wooded area in the southeastern corner ofMore >>
    Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board found and destroyed several marijuana plants on Wednesday. Agents discovered the plants while exploring a wooded area in the southeastern corner of Marengo County. A subsequent search of a nearby residence turned up additional cannabis.More >>
  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:43:23 GMT
    Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in...More >>
    Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.More >>

Alabama State Troopers are providing additional details surrounding the traffic crash Saturday that took the life of a local school principal. Southside Middle School principal Alan Thompson was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash in Tallassee around 5:30pm Saturday.

Troopers say Thompson's 2010 Chevrolet Impala collided with a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Jeremy Stroud along Cherokee Trail Road at the intersection of Alabama 14. That's approximately 8 miles west of Tallassee.

Stroud was not injured in the crash.

No additional details about the crash were immediately available. The investigation is ongoing and no cause is known at this time.

Thompson was new to the Tallassee City School system, taking over at Southside Middle at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year after then principal Dr. Kenneth Varner moved into the system's superintendent role.

It might have been Thompson's first year at Southside, but it was his 12th year in the education field and 9th in an administrative role. His educational background work started at J.F. Ingram State Technical College in Elmore County. He held a teaching/coaching position at Thompson High School in Shelby County for 2 years before moving in the direction of school administration.

He landed assistant principal positions at Pleasant Grove High School in Jefferson County and Pelham High School in Shelby County before becoming a principal at Jemison High School in Chilton County. He served in that role for 4 years before accepting the Southside Middle job.

Before education became his professional focus, Thompson spent time in the military serving 10 years with the Alabama National Guard. He also spent 6 years in federal law enforcement with the United States Customs Service.

Thompson worked at the Montgomery Police Department for 3 years while putting himself through school at Auburn University Montgomery. As he accepted the position with the Tallassee School System, Thompson continued setting his sights on an increased education of his own while pursuing a doctoral degree at Alabama State University.

Thompson, a father of 3, was 49-years-old.

Powered by WorldNow