OXFORD — One of two people airlifted to UAB Hospital on Tuesday morning after a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. 78 East was released, family said, while the other remained in the trauma unit.
Nell Jackson and her grandson, 22-year-old Trent Jackson, were in a gold Toyota Camry, Scott Warren said, when their vehicle was involved in a wreck with a log truck and a red Cadillac. Warren, a cousin of Trent Jackson and nephew of Nell Jackson, said that his aunt was still in the trauma unit at UAB.
“She has a lot of back pain,” Warren wrote in an email. “She possibly has a broken back and a bruised or punctured lung.”
Trent Jackson was released with a broken collarbone and several other injuries, Warren said.
“Everyone is really blessed,” he said. “It could have been way worse.”
Oxford police, firefighters and EMS responded to a 911 call at 6:58 a.m., Lt. Don Ridley said as a backhoe pushed logs between the highway and Oxford Family Practice on Highway Drive on Tuesday morning.
The driver of the log truck was taken to Regional Medical Center with “significant injuries, but was alert and conscious,” Ridley said.
A woman who appeared to be in her early 40s who was in the Cadillac was taken to “receive medical attention by private vehicle,” Ridley said.
Ridley said the crash was still under investigation and there were conflicting witness reports.
“We know the truck was westbound on 78 and one of the vehicles failed to yield the right of way off of Hillyer Robinson Parkway,” Ridley said. “We don’t know for sure which vehicle failed to yield.”
By 8 a.m., the Cadillac and Toyota were strapped to a wrecker as crews righted the log truck, overturned on its right side and sprawled across the eastbound lane. A man operating a street sweeper pushed broken glass, pieces of broken bumper and clumps of green pine needles off the road to open it to traffic.
The cab of the truck was crunched in on the right side and radio cables were strewn inside like spiderwebs. The driver’s airbag was deployed in the Cadillac and the car’s hood was propped open by a bent frame. The Toyota, on the same wrecker, was flattened.