About 10:00 pm last Thursday night, Lowndes County E-911 received a call from Magen Swells and Cate Sansing saying that several of their friends had been in a wreck. At the same time, they received another call from a man saying that he was driving on Cal-Steens Road when he saw several blood-covered kids on the side of the road. The teens, driver Carroll Lancaster, 17, Courtney McAlexander, 16, Colt Wallace, 17, Darby Williams, 16 and Drew Hankins, 16 were just involved in a wreck when Lancaster’s Ford F-150 left the roadway after he swereved to avoid a deer. The truck struck a sycamore tree [roughly 8 inches in diameter – JD], wrapping the engine bay around its trunk. [Had they hit the tree any harder, I believe the engine would have pushed into the cabin of the truck. – JD]
When emergency crews arrived, they set to work on all the teens, putting everyone but Hankins in a full spinal package. [Other than Lancaster, he was the only other occupant to wear his seatbelt. – JD]
When reached for comment last night, Williams told the Packet that everyone is pretty much fine now. McAlexander has had facial reconstruction surgery in Birmingham, finishing up just yesterday. She had some of the more serious injuries of the group. [It’s believed that she left her seat and went head first into the windshield. – JD] She is recovering at home now.
The group want to thank all the emergency crews for all they did the night of the wreck.0