Just hours into the new year local highway patrol officials recorded their first traffic fatal of the year.
The accident happened Saturday morning around 6:00 on Interstate 59 East near the Highway 45 bypass.
Forty-three-year-old Teresa Jackson from Bessemer, Alabama died in the one-vehicle crash. Jackson was a passenger in the vehicle. Investigators say the driver fell asleep at the wheel and Jackson was ejected. The driver received minor injuries. No charges are expected in the case.
Meanwhile in Alabama, at least 16 people were killed in traffic accidents over the 78 hour New Year's travel period.