Deputy wrecks, 1 lifeflighted
Published 9:59 pm Monday, February 18, 2013
One person was airlifted from the scene of a wreck involving a Coffee County SHeriff’s Department vehicle at the intersection of Highways 84 East and 134 in Opp late Monday.
The other two vehicles involved were a red Ford F-250 and another pick up truck, Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald said.
“The sheriff’s deputy, when he hit that one (the red Ford F-250) in the direction he was going, barely struck a pick up truck,” McDonald said. “The guy in that truck was uninjured.”
McDonald confirmed that the red F-250 overturned and that there was one serious injury.
A LifeFlight helicopter landed in the east-bound lane of Hwy. 84, where it then took the injured person, whose name wasn’t released because the next of kin hadn’t been notified, to a Montgomery hospital.
“His wife’s in transit and was behind him somewhere,” McDonald said. “We haven’t notified any next of kin yet.”
Opportunity EMS transported the Coffee County Sheriff’s Deputy — who sustained “slight injuries” — to Mizell Memorial Hospital, McDonald said.
When asked which vehicle he thought ran the red light, McDonald said there are still witnesses to be questioned.
“We don’t know which one run it yet,” he said. “We’ve still got witnesses to talk to. We‘ve still got to talk to one of the vehicle operators. He wasn’t in any shape to talk with us.
“It’s basically still under investigation,” he said.
Several bystanders, including a nurse, stopped to help those who were involved in the wreck, McDonald said.
The wreck did necessitate law enforcement, which included OPD and the Covington County Sheriff’s Office, shutting down the north-bound lane of Hwy. 299 for about 45 minutes, McDonald said.