One person was killed and another critically injured when an 18-wheeler collided with a car at the entrance to Cullman Regional Medical Center before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning on Alabama Highway 157.
The passenger, Sharon Phillips, 69, of Cullman, in the 2010 Lincoln was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim was not available for much of the day while authorities were attempting to locate the person’s identification and notify relatives. The driver of the car, Janice Gail Stewart, 74, of Warrior, was taken to CRMC and quickly life-flighted to UAB and was in critical condition, said Sgt. Mick Harbison of the Cullman Police Department.
The driver of truck, John Randall Darmar, 53, of Elkmont, was not seriously injuried but was taken to CRMC for observation. He was driving a rig loaded with chicken litter from RRR Farms, Harbison said.
The rig was traveling northbound on the highway while the driver of the car was apparently attempting to turn into the entrance drive of the hospital, Harbison said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved in the accident, and their families,” said Craig Green, assistant Cullman police chief.
Efforts to interview potential witnesses to the accident were still under way late in the morning. There is a traffic signal at the entrance but officers were uncertain of all the circumstances leading up to the accident. The 18-wheeler and car were being towed away at 11 a.m. The car’s passenger area was crushed from the impact of the wreck. The truck’s fender was bent from the impact.
“We still have a lot of factors to look at in our investigation,” Harbison said. “We hopefully will have more to report later in the day. We have several factors to look into, but at this time it appears just to be a tragic accident.”
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