MCDAVID, FL: A mother and her two children were hurt in a truck accident Tuesday night in the Florida county of Escambia. The collision happened at the intersection of Highway 164 and Highway 29/South Century Blvd. in the town of McDavid, FL. The accident area is near the Alabama border, 74 miles northeast of Mobile, AL. The region is in the far west section of the Florida panhandle, 290 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and 220 miles west of Tallahassee, FL.
According to officers with the Florida Highway Patrol, 28 year old Madeline Hope Johnson was driving her Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Highway 164 with her two children in the car, an eight year old and a twelve year old.
At approximately 7:15 p.m., as Ms. Johnson reached the intersection of Highway 164 and Highway 29/South Century Blvd., she reportedly lost control of her car and was unable to stop. The Grand Prix entered the highway intersection directly in the path of a semi tractor trailer driven by 56 year old Willie Lee Bell of Atlanta, Georgia. The 18 wheeler was traveling south on Highway 29/South Century Blvd in the outside lane when the Johnson car pulled into its path.
Bell later told FHP officers and troopers from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department that he did not see the car approaching the intersection until the last moment. He said that he changed lanes in attempt to get out of the way but was unable to avoid a collision with the car, and the Grand Prix slid under the tractor trailer. The semi truck drove over the car and completely flattened the front section of the Grand Prix.
Local emergency personnel from the McDavid Fire Rescue and Escambia County Emergency Medical Services responded to the truck accident scene and helped extricate Ms. Johnson and her two children from the demolished car. Once the mother and children were free they were stabilized at the scene and then transported to a local hospital by the Atmore Ambulance Company.
The mother sustained minor injuries in the truck accident, but there was no information about the extent of the injuries that the two children suffered. The truck driver was apparently uninjured in the truck collision.
According to one report, the mother spoke to officers after the truck accident and told them that her car brakes had failed. However, firefighters at a nearby station told authorities that they heard the truck collision but they did not hear either the car or the truck brake.
The road conditions appeared to be normal at the time of the truck accident and no adverse weather conditions reported. There have been no charges or citations at this time, and the truck accident remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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