BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
Columbus police and fire crews raced to the corner of MLK and Main Street shortly after noon on Tuesday after an officer with the Columbus Police Department en route to the jail rolled up on a severe two car accident. Warrant Officer Lance Luckey was bringing a suspect to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center when he radioed E-911 operators to send two ambulances to the intersection for an accident with injuries.
According to CPD Public Information officer Glenda Buckhalter, 21-year old Corey Cockrell was driving east on Highway 182 when he suffered a seizure at the wheel. His passenger, Breonica Davis, grabbed the steering wheel seconds before the car ran into a light pole, but the momentum of the vehicle cause it to collide with a parked sedan driven by Lorene Hairston. Hairston was stopped at the intersection facing north when Cockrell’s Izusu Rodeo slammed into the driver’s door of her Cadillac.
Cockrell was still seized when rescue crews arrived and he had to be stabilized on a backboard before being loaded into a waiting ambulance. Hairston was entrapped in her car, and firefighters had to use pneumatic pincers to cut her door off and remove her from the wreckage.
Both victims were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital — Golden Triangle and were reported in stable condition at press time.