Jemison woman crashes into creek

Published 4:00 pm Friday, December 7, 2012

Authorities transported a Jemison woman to UAB Hospital on Thursday night due to injuries she suffered in a rollover crash.

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said shortly after 7 p.m. Jemison police officers and the Jemison Fire Department responded to a call of a single-occupant vehicle turned on its side in a creek along County Road 42.

“The officers and rescue had to actually get down in the creek with the female who was trapped in the water,” Fulmer said. “She was nearly submerged under water as she was in the creek about 15 minutes after the accident occurred.”

Fulmer said the location of the accident was near a spot that was not clearly visible from the road.

“The victim is fortunate because people saw her go off into the creek but if no one was around her on the road she might not have been found,” Fulmer said.

Fulmer said the actual cause of the accident is pending investigation but he does know the victim was traveling along County Road 42 in a small, white pick-up truck due to a wreck on Interstate 65.

“It actually worked out well because officers were responding to the call about the wreck on I-65 and got the call about this wreck so they were able to respond quickly,” Fulmer said. “We also had to call for a wrecker to come and lift the car out of the creek that we needed quickly. The wrecker was also traveling to the accident on the interstate so was close by.”

Although the female suffered some broken bones, she was responsive after the accident and was flown by helicopter to UAB due to the seriousness of the vehicle crash.

“She was conscience and obviously shaken up from the accident but she is very fortunate she will be OK,” Fulmer said.