Local family involved in wreck

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An Andalusia family is lucky to be alive after a Saturday crash on “Debro Hill.”

Accident records indicate that a medical condition caused 23-year-old Christopher Phillips to lose consciousness and control of the family’s 2010 Mazda 3. Emergency personnel extricated Phillips; his wife, 21-year-old Magen, and the couple’s infant from the car.

The adults were transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital, and the child – who was properly restrained in a car seat – was taken to the hospital by private vehicle for observation.

Elsewhere in the state, there were no locals among those included in the report on the four-day Fourth of July holiday travel period released Monday by the Alabama State Troopers.

The report indicated that troopers investigated 434 traffic crashes, resulting in 154 injuries and four deaths.

The fatal crashes occurred in Randolph, Lee, Chilton and Montgomery counties during the holiday travel period, which was from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 4, to midnight Sunday, July 7. It is unknown at this time whether alcohol was a factor in any of the crashes. Seat belts were available in all four of the vehicles involved in the deadly crashes, but only one of the individuals killed was using a seat belt.

During this year’s Fourth of July safety period, troopers issued 2,126 citations for speeding and 607 citations for seat belt/child restraint violations, made 59 DUI arrests and assisted 299 motorists.