By Hulon Dunn,
Editor and Publisher
Rescue personnel, above, walk wearily away after cutting and prying a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera apart to free the three victims of a hot and muggy Monday afternoon crash. The 911 dispatcher sent Hohenwald Police, Fire and Rescue and Maury Regional Emergency Medical units to the 5:45 call at one of the entrances to Darrin’s C-Mart.
They found the Olds, tagged in Perry County, in a head-on collision with a Ford Ranger, tagged in Lawrence County. A male and female from the Ford were sitting on a couch that was ejected from the bed of their vehicle. The pair were transported to Maury Regional Hospital by ambulance with non-critical injuries.
All traffic was rerouted by way of Roney Street and Swan Avenue to allow responders to work safely. The roof of the Oldsmobile was peeled back and doors were cut off. Rams and spreaders were used to pry the dash up and out to get the front passengers out. Impact of the sudden stop caused the unbelted victims to slide forward and under the dash. All three had broken bones and cuts and abrasions.
Three helicopters were called in to air-lift the trio of critical patients from the Olds. Two landed in the center of the five lane and the third landed in the parking lot of Bank of Lewis County.
Hohenwald Police Department Sergeant Michael Dunn stated the driver, Stacy Brewer, 51, and front seat passenger, Michelle Fuller, 37, both of Perry County are believed to be sisters. In the back seat was Linda Trull, 67, of Parsons. Dunn was told that she was the mother of the pair.
Witnesses told officers that the Olds left the Darrin’s Food Mart on the north side of East Main and crossed all five lanes of traffic, hit the Ford head-on and pushed it back 20-25 feet into the Darrin’s C-Mart entrance.
Taylor’s Wrecker Service was called to remove the totalled vehicles.
The accident is still under investigation.