Stanley Case, a longtime CNN Radio anchor, died on Tuesday in a head-on collision in Birmingham, Ala.

Authorities have said the accident involving the 59 year old took place during a rainstorm that afternoon. They said a truck crossed a median and collided with a car driven by Case. Case's wife, Angela Stiepel Case, was injured in the crash and remained hospitalized on Wednesday.

According to CNN, Case was a news anchor for CNN Radio Network and was based at CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta. He also anchored for Headline News.

Before joining CNN Radio in 1985, Case was with KEBC Radio in Oklahoma City. Case served as capitol correspondent at KEBC for two years, between 1979 and 1985,  reporting on state government to include legislative debates and agency activities in addition to the station's award-winning election coverage, according to CNN.

In 1991, Case and the CNN Radio staff shared the Ohio State Award for Excellence for their coverage of the Persian Gulf War. He was the past president and a charter member of the Oklahoma City News Broadcaster's Association.

Case got a bachelor's degree from Central State University in Edmond, Okla. He held a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law and was a licensed attorney in Georgia, CNN's Web site noted.

Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, said Case was a mainstay of the network since he joined.

He was a fine journalist, a leader in our organization and, as anyone who had the privilege of knowing him will tell you, a great guy, Walton said in a CNN story.

Tyler Moody, vice president of CNN Radio, has said news of Case's death caused terrible sadness for him and his colleagues.

Our thoughts now are for his wife Angi's recovery, and his family during this difficult time, Moody said. For over 26 years, Stan was our friend first and colleague second. He will be missed.

Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams told CNN that didn't have details on the crash but that and accident reconstruction team planned to investigate further on Wednesday.