DPS has released the following statement regarding the major accident on Hwy 34 South of Quinlan on Saturday.
The preliminary investigation indicates a grey Ford Escape coming from private road 3780 failed to yield to a cement truck while turning South onto State Highway 34. The cement truck was traveling South on SH-34 and attempted to avoid hitting the Ford Escape but clipped the back drivers side then then crossed into the North bound lanes of travel hitting a Ford Flex head on.
The driver and passenger of the Ford Escape were transported by Medical Helicopters with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the cement truck was transported by Hunt County EMS to Hunt Regional Medical Center of Quinlan with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford Flex was pronounced deceased on scene.
Name of the deceased has not been released. DPS will continue their investigation of the accident
Sgt. Kyle Bradford issued a statement this morning regarding the accident on Hwy 276 overnight.
Troopers were dispatched to a major crash on State Highway 276 approximately one mile east of West Tawakoni.,” Bradford said. “Preliminary investigation indicates that a Silverado Chevy pickup was traveling west on State Highway 276, a Ford pickup truck was headed east on the same highway followed by another Ford F-150 towing a trailer when for an as of yet to be determined reason the driver of the Silverado crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck the first Ford pickup truck sending it into a spin. Due to the rotation of the vehicle the second Ford pickup truck was unable to avoid a collision striking it in the course of its rotation.
The driver of first Ford pickup truck was pronounced deceased on scene, and both the driver and the passenger of the second Ford pickup truck with the trailer were transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injure,” Bradford said. “The deceased is Meredith K. Epperson, 82, of West Tawakoni.”
Multiple social media and local reports say a storm has caused damage in Lee County and left “multiple fatalities.”
Shortly after, a possible tornado struck near Eufaula’s Weedon Field Airport, according to reports.
Smith, spokeswoman for the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, said
first responders were on the scene in two different areas of the
county. Smith said she could confirm multiple fatalities but that
officials were still trying to gather information, and multiple search
and rescue operations were underway.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris at 5:42 p.m. said there were two confirmed fatalities but said he expected that number to rise.
community has sustained a major tornado and all first responders are at
work,” the post stated. “We opened our Incident Command Center around
2:45 p.m. CST and are prepared for patients arriving by ambulance and
also by car. We have contingency plans in place for alternate care.”
“We’re still got people being pulled out of rubble,” he said. “We’re going to be here all night.”
County EMA stated a tornado warning was issued at 2:38 p.m. Several
reports are centered around the Smith Station area near Phenix City and
the Alabama/Georgia line. Other reports came from the Beauregard area.
EMA told residents that Smith Station Volunteer Fire Department Station
#1 was where citizens affected by the storms should seek assistance with
sheltering or unmet needs.
Other storm warnings were issued this afternoon in south Alabama and the Wiregrass area.
Alabama Power stated this afternoon that more than 10,000 customers were without power.
National Weather Service said it would send three survey teams out
tomorrow. They will assess damage in Autauga, Macon, Lee and Barbour
Gov. Kay Ivey said in a tweet that state EMA officials are working with local officials.
East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika
stated through social media that its ambulance service had set up a
satellite tent at the Beauregard Volunteer Fire Dept., though it may get
moved to Sanford Middle School.
“Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today. Praying for their families & everyone whose homes or businesses were affected,” Ivey said.