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Car strikes house; now there’s a story

The corner of this house on Hwy. 55 is now missing after being struck by the Chevy Suburban, below.

The corner of this house on Hwy. 55 is now missing after being struck by the Chevy Suburban, below.

Thankfully, the only casualties in a late Thursday afternoon wreck in Red Oak were the corner of a house, an air conditioning unit and a Chevrolet Suburban.

“He was very, very lucky,” said Sheriff Dennis Meeks of the truck’s driver, Florala resident Donald Burnett.

According to the Rev. Tim Trent, who was behind Burnett when the crash occurred, he saw no abnormalities in Burnett’s driving.

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“I’d been behind him since Andalusia, and at first I thought he was pulling off the road, and then I realized he wasn’t slowing down,” Trent said. “Then, I saw the brick and the AC flying.”

Burnett had apparently “blacked out,” ran off the road and crossed two yards before hitting the home.

Trent said he immediately went to pull Burnett from the vehicle and dialed 911.

Burnett was transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital for treatment. Family responding to the scene said Burnett was traveling home from working on an oilrig when the crash occurred.