Head-on collision results in multiple injuries

Drivers in critical, but stable condition after vehicle strikes Corrections Department van on Alabama 59

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 4/17/17

LOXLEY, Alabama — The Loxley Police Department is continuing to investigate a head-on collision Thursday, April 13 between a Baldwin County Corrections Department van and another vehicle, which …

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Head-on collision results in multiple injuries

Drivers in critical, but stable condition after vehicle strikes Corrections Department van on Alabama 59

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LOXLEY, Alabama — The Loxley Police Department is continuing to investigate a head-on collision Thursday, April 13 between a Baldwin County Corrections Department van and another vehicle, which resulted in multiple injuries.

“We are not sure at this time what ultimately caused the accident,” said Lt. Doug Phillips, Loxley PD investigator.

The collision occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday, one mile south of County Road 55 on Alabama 59, Phillips said, when a Toyota Camry, heading southbound on Alabama 59, crossed through the turn lane and struck the Corrections Department van head-on, which was traveling northbound on 59 carrying work release inmates.

The driver of the van, a Corrections Department officer, and the driver of the Camry were both transported by MedStar helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. As of Friday evening, April 14, both were listed in critical, but stable condition, Phillips said.

The van was carrying seven work release inmates, all of whom were transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, treated and released with minor injuries.

“There were also two other vehicles trailing the van, who tried to avoid the accident, but after the Camry struck the van, both vehicles also struck the van, causing minor damage to those vehicles,” Phillips said. Two additional people traveling in those vehicles were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated and released for minor injuries.

The volunteers with the Loxley Fire Department and Robertsdale Fire Department also assisted in the incident.

“From what I understand, everything went smoothly and all departments involved employed their multiple casualty procedures,” Phillips said.

No charges have been filed, Phillips said, and the Loxley Police Department continues to investigate the cause of the crash.