Dallas County High School Student Dies In Tragic Wreck Days Before Graduation

Plantersville, Ala. (WSFA) --  Just days before Dallas County High Schools graduation tragedy struck when a student was killed in a wreck.

Senior Zach Cozadd died when his truck and a school bus collided.

Now just days before graduation the school is mourning his death.

For some it's the smiles, the laughter.

"He was always joking," said Principal Don Ingram.

Others remember how he always helped out shagging balls or selling programs for the softball team.

"He was always willing to go beyond the call of duty," said athletic director Willie Moore.

One thing's certain Dallas County High School will always remember Zach Cozadd.

Zach died when his pickup truck collided with a school bus.

He was on his way to the high school to pick up his girlfriend.

Coach Moore was in the hallway when principal Ingram told him about the accident.

He knew about the kids on the bus but not that Zach was driving the truck.

"Zach did a lot of good at Dallas County High School and I'm just grateful I had an opportunity to share that," said Moore.

Seniors were already done with classes and finished with exams, so many weren't on campus Wednesday afternoon when word of Zach's accident spread.

Principal Ingram says come graduation day when they line up on the football field, that's when its really going to get tough.

"This graduating class I've been with for 6 years, Zach was very special to us, all the kids are, but it's going to be hard," said Ingram.

When the seniors meet to practice for graduation they'll decide on how to honor their classmate on a day none of them will ever forget.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis