The woman, her 10-year-old grandson and 13-year-old granddaughter were transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga. Her younger granddaughter, about 8 years old, was airlifted to Childrens Hospital in Birmingham. Oak Grove Fire Chief Leon Dale said he did not know what condition the victims were in when they were taken to the hospitals.
Authorities at the scene of the accident said they did not know the names of the victims, or where they were from.
Around 2:15 p.m., the woman, driving a silver Ford Taurus SES, pulled onto U.S. 280 from Center Point Road in front of Slade McDaniel’s eastbound navy GMC 1500 truck.
The truck was going about 65 miles per hour, McDaniel said, and hit the car, crumpling in the entire left side of it and sending it in a 180-degree spin. McDaniel was not injured in the accident.
Glass from the Taurus’ windows was strewn over the road, tracing the car’s path across the highway and through a ditch where it came to a stop on the far side of the median separating eastbound traffic from the westbound lanes.
McDaniel said he was driving from work to his home in Goodwater. He was in the right lane.
By the time he was able to swerve, he said it was too late.
“There was another car beside me, and there wasn’t anywhere I could go,” McDaniel said.
Emergency responders from the Oak Grove Fire and Rescue Department were on scene within minutes, followed shortly by the Sylacauga Ambulance Service and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department. They kept one lane of traffic moving in each direction around the accident until Alabama State Troopers arrived to take reports.