Off-duty deputy, teen airlifted from wreck

Published 12:58 am Saturday, March 26, 2016


An off-duty Covington County Sheriff’s deputy and a teenager were airlifted Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Substation Road and U.S. Hwy. 84 West.

Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald said that OPD officer, Opp Fire Department units and ALEA troopers responded to the wreck.

“A 1998 Mercury Mountaineer was attempting to enter onto U.S. Hwy. 84 and cross the eastbound lanes of the highway in order to continue westbound on U.S. Hwy. 84,” McDonald said. “This vehicle was being operated by a 16-year-of-age female resident of Opp. A 1988 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was in the inside lane of U.S. Hwy. 84 eastbound and struck the Mercury Mountaineer.”

McDonald said the driver of the truck was Justin Paige Spivey, 33, of Opp.

“Both victims were treated by fire personnel and ambulance personnel at the scene,” he said. “Both the female juvenile and Mr. Spivey were transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries.”

McDonald said Friday evening officers had spoken with Chief Deputy David Anderson who was at Sacred Heart Hospital. Anderson said that both victims were doing well.

“The power of prayer folks,” McDonald said.

The crash remains under investigation by the OPD and ALEA.

“We ask our citizens to pray for their successful recovery,” he said.