4 injured in wreck on Hwy. 78
by Rachel Davis
Aug 10, 2013 | 6654 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper police, Jasper Fire and Rescue and Regional Paramedical Services responded to the scene of a wreck that shut down Highway 78’s eastbound lanes down for more than an hour Friday afternoon.

According to witnesses on the scene, a red SUV was traveling down the highway when another vehicle pulled out from Wells Fargo bank, striking them and forcing the SUV into a roll.

The witnesses said the SUV rolled multiple times before coming to a stop upside down in the ditch on the side of the roadway.

The driver of the vehicle was a white female who became entrapped in the vehicle following the wreck, according to Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe.

Rowe said the driver was trapped between her seat and the roof of her vehicle. She said Jasper Police Officers Jonathon Crider, Ryan Heacock and Will Wickwire, with help from concerned bystanders, were able to lift the vehicle enough to free the victim.

She said that Crider entered the vehicle to cut the restraint from the driver and allow RPS and firefighters to extricate her from the vehicle.

After Air Evac was unable to fly due to severe weather in the area, the driver was transported to UAB Medical Center with a severe head injury. Rowe said she was listed in serious condition at UAB Friday evening.

An infant in the vehicle and a 5-year-old boy were transported to Children’s Hospital by ambulance and were in good condition.

A female passenger in the car was also transported to UAB for non-life-threatening injuries.

All four occupants inside the vehicle, including the two children, appear to have been wearing seatbelts and proper child restraints.