The longtime pastor of a northwest Georgia church was killed Sunday night in a head-on collision with an allegedly drunk driver in Bartow County.
The Rev. Nim B. Russell died just hours after celebrating his 23rd year as pastor of Rome’s Thankful Baptist Church.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Russell was eastbound on Ga. 140 in Bartow County about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a westbound pickup truck crossed the center line and hit Russell’s 2007 Mercedes Benz E350 head-on.
GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said Russell, 55, of Adairsville, died in the crash, which happened near Big Oak Tree Road west of Adairsville.
A passenger in the Mercedes, identified by the church as Russell’s wife, Julia, was injured and was taken to Floyd Medical Center.
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