Man Eluding Traffic Stop Flips Vehicle Crashes Into Tree
Dispatched by Cullman e911, emergency responders are on the scene of one car rollover in the northern portion of the City of Hanceville.
The location of the motor vehicle incident is along Highway 31 South at the County Road 592 (Hopewell Drive) intersection.
A Trooper with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is at the scene; a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident is underway.
It appears that a white sedan was traveling south on Highway 31 through the Johnsons Crossing community. For reasons as yet undisclosed, an officer with the Hanceville Police Department initiated an attempted traffic stop.
Based on witness testimony (see below) and reports from emergency personnel at the scene, the driver of the vehicle appeared to be attempting to elude the officer at the time of the crash.
With a high rate of speed and wet road conditions factoring in, the driver of the vehicle in question crossed the center turn lane of the highway nearly colliding with a passenger car occupied by a mother and young child on the way to school.
Passing across the entirety of Highway 31, the vehicle then flipped at least once impacting a tree and an earthen embankment before coming to rest upside down.
Air bags deployed during the crash.
The vehicle had one male passenger who was treated at the scene by medical personnel with Hanceville Fire & Rescue and Cullman EMS. The man was then transported to Cullman Regional for evaluation and further treatment.
Multiple officers from Hanceville Police Department are active at the scene.
Traffic is blocked in the northbound lanes of Highway 31 at the wreck site. Motorists are being detoured through the center turn lane to expedite traffic flow.
In speaking with the Mother taking her grade school daughter to school, she described the incident this way:
“We were minding our own business on the way to school. The next thing I know this car flies across the center lines heading straight for me. I had to jam on the brakes as this car flips and crashed into the tree. We saw the airbags go off and everything.
Somewhere in there, I realized this guy was being chased by the police.
I was almost in a head-on collision, and my daughter cried all the way to school. We are both shaken up badly. We were just a few feet from a crash that could have killed us all.”
J & G Wrecker Service has just arrived to remove the disabled vehicle.
It is currently unknown what criminal charges and/or traffic citations the driver of the flipped vehicle faces.