MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Officials with the Mobile Police Department have confirmed that one person died after their vehicle overturned and caught fire on Thursday, May 12.
Neighbors told WKRG News 5 that the person in the crash was Karen Callahan. Callahan was the widow of longtime Alabama Congressman Sonny Callahan. Neighbors said she was in her driveway around 12:15 p.m. when she had a medical emergency.
Neighbors said she accelerated and drove off of an elevated driveway on Riviere Du Chien Road. The vehicle went through bushes and over a retaining wall. The vehicle then rolled on its side and caught fire.
A repairman scheduled to be at her house saw the flames and called 911. Neighbors said the response was quick, but first responders couldn’t save Mrs. Callahan.
Mobile Fire and Rescue originally responded to the area for a woods fire but when they arrived they discovered the fire was caused by the car accident.