Former Stanhope Elmore Principal, Coach Involved in Crash with Train


Update: Conrad Henderson died Saturday from his injuries.

We now know that the man hit by a train last night in Coosada is a former Elmore County Principal and Football Coach. 89-year-old Conrad Henderson is in the hospital Thursday night with life threatening injuries. Police say he is in stable condition.

“when we heard about it, it’s just one of those oh no type reactions,” Jamey McGowin with Elmore Public Schools said.

Shock and disbelief from Jamey McGowin …and many others in Millbrook Thursday, as they learned that former Stanhope-Elmore High School principal and football coach Conrad Henderson was seriously injured when a train hit his car: “We are really pulling for him and hoping for the best.”


Pictures attached and in the news video are from Coosada Police. They show the aftermath of the wreck at the intersection of Coosada Parkway and Pecan Grove Road. Now, Henderson has the Millbrook community praying for his recovery: “The community of Millbrook loves Coach Henderson, and he’s always loved them right back,” McGowin told Alabama News Network.

His impact is felt all over this community, including at the football stadium where he was once a coach…it’s now named in his honor: “In all the years that I ever interacted with him, and others related to him, he’s just one of those people that you never heard anyone say anything negative about.”

McGowin is also a former principal at the Stanhope Elmore…and said Henderson has always been a mentor to him, and while Henderson is no longer officially with the school system, he is still always around: “He was always at every football game, he always spoke.”

A community rallying around a man known as coach, teacher, principal and most importantly friend.


Coosada Police say 89-year-old Conrad Henderson suffered serious injuries after his vehicle was hit by a train Wednesday evening.

Police say it happened at the intersection of Coosada Parkway and Pecan Grove Road at about 7:30 p.m.

Authorities say when they arrived on scene they found the elderly man lying unconscious in the road.

He was rushed to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery for treatment.

Henderson is a former principal and coach at Stanhope Elmore High School.

Police are waiting for video of the crash from CSX to determine a cause.

Stay with Alabama News Network for more information as it become available. 

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