Auburn play-by-play broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula were both tragically killed in a car accident in Auburn on Saturday.
Rod Bramblett, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula, were involved in a serious car accident early Saturday evening in Auburn. We ask the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) May 26, 2019
Details of the accident are available from multiple outlets, including this latest update from AL.com:
According to Auburn police and the Lee County Coroner, Bill Harris, the 52-year-old Bramblett and his 53-year-old wife were in a 2017 Toyota Highlander that was struck in the rear by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old.
The teen was transported to East Alabama Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Rod Bramblett, the driver of the Highlander was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he later died from a closed head injury. Paula Bramblett was also airlifted from the scene but had to be diverted to East Alabama Medical Center due to the severity of her injuries. She was pronounced dead in the emergency room from multiple internal injuries.
Bramblett was an Auburn graduate, and had been the voice of Auburn’s football and men’s basketball teams since 2003. That stretch obviously included some incredibly memorable moments for both programs, from a BCS football championship in 2010 to April’s first Final Four appearance for Auburn’s men’s basketball team. Those moments were aided and enhanced by Bramblett’s talents, and his call of the Kick Six Iron Bowl is just one iconic example.
On this date in 2013, Auburn won the football game. pic.twitter.com/czCEnhMdqM
— ESPN (@espn) November 30, 2018
Rod Bramblett was 52 years old. Paula Bramblett was 53.