One person was rushed for treatment after sustaining what appeared to be serious injuries in an accident involving a pickup truck and an 18 wheeler Friday afternoon on County Road 99 in the Broomtown Community.
An eyewitness at the scene told WEIS Radio News that the pickup had swerved to avoid hitting the big rig before flipping multiple times; that witness said the semi was pulling out of a church parking lot onto the highway and apparently didn’t see the truck coming off the hill.
The driver of the 1963 Chevy pickup was identified as a 50 year old Birmingham resident, James Riggins. Emergency personnel originally called for Riggins to be air-lifted – however due to the weather they were unable to arrange for a helicopter.
Riggins was transported by Redmond EMS to Rome for treatment at Redmond Regional.
The Broomtown Fire Department, Cherokee EMS, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies all responded to the scene.
There was no additional information available regarding the condition of Riggins; the state trooper accident report stated that he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.