Lowndes Co. deputy recovering after chase, collision into 18-wheeler

Photo Courtesy: David Hagood
Photo Courtesy: David Hagood

LOWNDES CO., AL (WSFA) - A Lowndes County Sheriff's deputy is home and is recovering from injuries sustained Tuesday while chasing a teenager. Both their vehicles crashed into an 18-wheeler.

The teen, believed to be 14 or 15 years old was taken  by medical helicopter a Birmingham area hospital. The unidentified youth's injuries have not been specified.

The Lowndes County deputy, also unidentified, was rushed to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery via ambulance. He was later released and authorities say he appears to have escaped major injury.

A third person, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was uninjured in the collision.  She was driving a truck operated by Venture Express.  A dispatcher for the company said the driver did what she could to get to keep the accident from getting worse.

"She tried to minimize the accident as best she could," said Pat Cox, a Venture Express dispatcher.  "She had the trailer locked down, the Jake Break locked down which slows the motor down, and she just had no choice, she had nowhere to go."

Lowndes County EMA Director Walter Hill said the multi-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Highway 80 and Alabama Highway 97 and included an 18-wheeler, an SUV and a sheriff's deputy's vehicle.

The collision occurred a short time after 4:00pm Tuesday as the deputy was pursuing an SUV driven by the 14 or 15 year old suspect. As the officer's patrol car and the SUV entered the roadway from Alabama Hwy. 97 to U.S. Hwy. 80, the driver of the SUV failed to stop. The deputy followed the SUV and they both drove into the path of an 18-wheeler.

Additional information was not immediately available. WSFA 12 News will continue to post details as they come into the newsroom.

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