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    Unhappy Close call in North Alabama

    This is way up in northwest Alabama, almost on the Tennessee border. The story is almost too incredible to believe.

    I will all the brothers a speedy recovery and I hope the local DA has the attempted murder times 7 charges ready to go!

    From the Florence Times-Daily:

    Man rams pickup into fire vehicles; 7 firefighters injured
    By Mike Goens
    Managing editor

    State troopers are still trying to determine why a Killen man turned his car around and rammed into emergency vehicles that were trying to clear storm debris from U.S. 72 on Monday morning.

    Seven members of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department were injured and taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital shortly after the 2:18 a.m. crash.

    Most of them were not seriously injured, although some reported broken bones. One firefighter who was thrown several feet during impact was still reporting numbness, according to Elgin Fire Chief Kenny Wright.

    "The good Lord was watching over us last night," Wright said. "Things could have turned out much, much different.

    "You just never know what might happen when you go out like that. When you expect something, you can pretty well handle that. But no one saw this coming. It scared us all to death."

    The driver of the vehicle that slammed into the fire department vehicles, 42-year-old Ernest W. Trousdale, suffered a head injury and was also taken to ECM Hospital, according to state troopers.

    A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that no information was available regarding Trousdale.

    Troopers are investigating the accident and are expected to file charges, according to an emergency worker. The charges could range from reckless driving to attempted murder, authorities said.

    Travis Clemmons, Lauderdale County Sheriff's chief investigator, was on the scene when the crash occurred. He and troopers were directing traffic as firefighters were cutting trees away from the eastbound lanes on U.S. 72, just west of the entrance to Joe Wheeler State Park.

    Clemmons said the trees and other debris had both eastbound lanes closed, and the volunteers from Elgin had been dispatched to help clear the highway.

    "They were able to get one lane opened enough to allow traffic to pass," he said. "Witnesses said the man drove by the site and pulled to a stop 200 or 300 yards further down the road.

    "They said that all of a sudden, he squealed the tires and started backing up wide open. He never slowed up and hit one of the firefighter's personal vehicle, then spun around and hit the fire truck.

    "It's just hard to believe someone wasn't killed. It's just a stroke of luck that they all survived because there were people all over the place down there."

    Wright said it's hard to believe that a truck could go as fast as Trousdale's vehicle was traveling by driving in reverse. He said he believes Trousdale "turned around his vehicle and floored it."

    Family members told authorities and other emergency workers at the scene that Trousdale has a history of mental problems. Wright said later that the Elgin fire department had previously been called to his house in Killen to assist family members, but he did not elaborate.

    Emergency workers do not believe alcohol was involved.

    Wright said a tire on the service truck began to lose air, so the crew pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and began changing the tire.

    He said two members of his crew were actually under the vehicle at the time of impact.

    "Fortunately, the collision with the other vehicle caused him to miss hitting our service truck square," Wright said. "The passenger door on his (1994 Ford F-150) truck hit our fire truck."

    The department's service truck, which had logged about 10,000 miles, was a complete loss, Wright said.

    Injured during the crash were Kenneth Kelso, Carson Zells, Mike White, Troy Brown, Curt Butler, Joel Glover and Wayne Davis.

    A hospital spokeswoman said about 3 p.m. that White and Butler were treated and released, and that Kelso was still in the emergency room but expected to be released later Monday. Zells was listed in fair condition in the emergency room and Brown was admitted in good condition. She did not have information on White or Glover.

    David Hurst, a firefighter with the Center Star Volunteer Fire Department, was injured Monday while cutting a tree from another roadside in east Lauderdale County, according to Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency Director George Grabryan.

    His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.


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    VERY CLOSE!!!


    Guys you have to watch what is going on and what you are doing out on the free ways. Drivers are occupied with talking on cell phones, adjusting the radio and ac or playing with the passenger next to them, not to say what else they may be doing. Some have fallen to sleep or may be druck or loaded with drugs in their system.

    Get the apparatus in a position to block or fend off any on coming traffic that may drift off the road into the scene.

    Sure hope these guys are are well and will get over this.

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    Unhappy VERY CLOSE CALL!!!!

    I cannot understand why a person would do such a thing like that. He purposely and forcively hit into a vehicle filled with emergency service personnel, some under the truck, some on the outside etc.

    I hope that he, the suspect, gets charged with doing that activity. He definetly did NOT do it for the correctness or the thoughtfulness of the people that were involved. I believe that when he gets better from his injuries that he should be sent to Jail for purposely driving into the truck, and into the firefighter's vehicle.

    People like that should be monitored more closely. The firefighters there were just trying to assist to make some things better, and they were given nothing but grief that one night, and I feel for all of the firefighters that were hurt, and wish them a speedy recovery, so that they can get back to what they like the best, fighting fires, and dealing with other cases like that.

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    Originally posted by allineedisu
    Guys you have to watch what is going on and what you are doing out on the free ways. Drivers are occupied with talking on cell phones, adjusting the radio and ac or playing with the passenger next to them, not to say what else they may be doing. Some have fallen to sleep or may be druck or loaded with drugs in their system.

    Get the apparatus in a position to block or fend off any on coming traffic that may drift off the road into the scene.
    Re-read the article...........
    State troopers are still trying to determine why a Killen man turned his car around and rammed into emergency vehicles that were trying to clear storm debris from U.S. 72 on Monday morning.
    "Witnesses said the man drove by the site and pulled to a stop 200 or 300 yards further down the road.
    "They said that all of a sudden, he squealed the tires and started backing up wide open. He never slowed up and hit one of the firefighter's personal vehicle, then spun around and hit the fire truck.
    Wright said it's hard to believe that a truck could go as fast as Trousdale's vehicle was traveling by driving in reverse. He said he believes Trousdale "turned around his vehicle and floored it."
    This was intentional..........

    Better start circling the wagons like they did in the old west...

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