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February 21, 2012

UPDATED (2): Family ‘hopeful’ CHS athlete injured in early-morning crash will recover

CULLMAN — Cullman High School student Andrew Winfrey was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital early Tuesday morning after being injured in a single-vehicle accident on Mitchell Road near River Birch Apartments. 

The Bearcats' star football and baseball player is in serious — but stable — condition, according to Cullman Police. After speaking with Winfrey’s family early Tuesday afternoon, assistant police chief Craig Green said those close to him are “hopeful” about his condition.

“They’re moving Andrew to the neurointensive care unit, and the family is hopeful that he is going to be okay,” Green said. “The next 12-24 hours will be crucial. All of us at the police department will remember him in our prayers.”

The Cullman community has been shaken by news of Winfrey's crash, taking to various forms of social media to offer support for he and his family. A #PrayForAndrew hash tag was used in numerous tweets by current and former Bearcat athletes and students. 

“It's just sickening,” Cullman baseball coach Brent Patterson said. "We've got to put it in God's hands and hope He takes care of it. Andrew is a good kid and a firm believer in God.”

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, though authorities say they do not believe excess speed contributed. Instead, Green said the wet roads in the early morning could have caused Winfrey to lose control and crash into a tree.

“It looks like the conditions contributed and it was just an unfortunate accident,” he said. “It seems like he may have overcorrected, and the truck impacted a tree.”

Morgan Montgomery, who knows Winfrey through the youth ministry program at Temple Baptist Church, created a video for him. Click here to watch the video. According to Montgomery's Facebook page, there will be a prayer service for Winfrey at Temple Baptist tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m.

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