Wet weather yields accidents

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Emergency personnel haul Heather Countrymen up the hill after her vehicle left the road and struck a tree on Tuesday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Wet, slippery roads yielded two separate vehicle accidents on Tuesday on Alabama State Highway 55.

The first accident occurred at 10:40 a.m., where Jason Dean of McKenzie, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Pick-up truck, the Evergreen State Troopers office reports.

Circumstances surrounding the accident weren’t immediately known.

Dean suffered no injuries.

In the second accident, the vehicle driven by Heather Lyn Countrymen of Greenville left the roadway and struck a tree at 11:55 a.m., trooper Gary Peek said.

“The only thing I can say is that I’m investigating the accident and the vehicle left the road and struck a tree,” Peek said.

Reports indicate that the jaws of life were used to free Countrymen from her vehicle.

She suffered minor injuries, and was transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital. Peek said the accident is still under investigation.

The Red Level Fire Department, Covington County Sheriff’s Office, Red Level Police Department, Andalusia Rescue Squad, Advanced EMS and the Alabama State Troopers responded to the scene of the second accident.