Bystander lucky to be alive after Friday afternoon wreck
by Chris Norwood
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A South Carolina man was hospitalized Friday after the Lincoln Navigator that he was driving hit a log truck, became air-borne and crashed onto a Ford Escort parked at a nearby gas station. The driver of the Escort was inside paying for gas at the time and was not hurt.
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A South Carolina man was hospitalized Friday after the Lincoln Navigator that he was driving hit a log truck, became air-borne and crashed onto a Ford Escort parked at a nearby gas station. The driver of the Escort was inside paying for gas at the time and was not hurt.
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TALLADEGA - A three vehicle accident on Alabama 77 North Friday afternoon snarled traffic and sent one South Carolina man to the hospital, according to Police Capt. Leon Thomas.

Thomas said that David Shealy, 20, of Lexington, S.C. was driving a Lincoln Navigator down 77, coming off the mountain, when he apparently cut off a log truck.

Thomas said the Navigator came into the contact with the log truck and was knocked airborne off of the road. It then struck a Ford Escort parked at the gas pump of a nearby service station and came to rest on its roof.

Thomas said the driver of the Escort was inside paying for gas when the Navigator landed on it. “He’s lucky,” Thomas said. “Another 30 seconds and he would probably be dead.”

The driver of the log truck was also uninjured.

A female passenger in the Navigator appeared to be “shaken up,” according to witnesses, but was otherwise unhurt. Shealy, the driver, was transported to Regional Medical Center in Anniston by North Star paramedics.

The case remained under investigation by Talladega police Friday afternoon.

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