Eyewitness account: Car went flying

Published 1:41 pm Monday, October 6, 2014


A two-vehicle accident claimed the lives of two area residents Monday as the result of a wreck on Hwy. 84, near Pop’s Place.

An Opp mother and daughter, Mavis Elaine Beavers, 62, and Mavis Johnson Boutwell, 80, died as a result of injuries sustained when the 2006 Honda Civic they were traveling in collided with a 2003 Nissan Frontier driven by Mohmedraza S. Momin, 20, of Elba.

Momin and his sister, Nishat S. Momin, 19, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Eyewitnesses said that the Civic attempted to cross the highway from Cantaline Bridge Road, but was t-boned by the truck headed east and sent “flying” to the far side of the road.

“When the car got hit, it sounded like a bomb went off,” Dianne Lynn Fox-Holter said. “It (the truck) completely sandwiched the car.”

The vehicle came to rest beside Pop’s Place.

Holter, who is a caregiver, was at the intersection with her patient looking at a persimmon tree when the accident happened, and called 911 to report the wreck.

Other eyewitnesses said that the truck was smoking and they were afraid the vehicle might explode.

Firefighters also were called to the scene.

Life Flight also responded to the accident, landing behind Pop’s Place.

This was the second wreck with fatalities since Sunday.

A good Samaritan was struck by a vehicle while assisting victims in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning.

The initial crash occurred around 10:35 a.m., at the intersection of Hwy. 84 and Bethel Road.

In that crash, 79-year-old Christine Barbaree was killed when her 2008 Ford Focus collided with a 2003 Ford F-150. The driver and passenger in the F-150 were both injured.

On Monday, Alabama State Trooper spokesperson Kevin Cook identified the good Samaritan as Justin Calhoun of Opp.

Cook said Calhoun is in stable condition.