A single vehicle accident at the corner of Nashville and Tatum avenues Sunday afternoon injured one person.
A single-vehicle accident at the corner of Nashville and Tatum avenues Sunday afternoon injured one person.

1 injured in head-on collision with power pole

Published 6:39pm Sunday, August 25, 2013

A local man is lucky to be alive, according to Atmore police officers, after hitting a power pole head on and flipping his vehicle Sunday afternoon on the corner of Nashville Ave. and Tatum Ave.

The impact from the wreck's collision damaged a power pole on Nashville Ave.
The impact from the wreck’s collision damaged a power pole on Nashville Ave.

Residents as far as three blocks from the scene of the crash were in their yards after reporting hearing “a large boom.”

Although emergency workers had not yet released the driver’s name Sunday, witnesses on the scene identified him as John Clay.

Officers working the scene said the driver left work early at Marvin’s Building Material and Home Center after complaining of feeling sick, and may have passed out while traveling west on Nashville Ave., causing his vehicle to cross over into the eastbound lane, before striking the power pole.

Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee said the driver was alone at the time of the accident and appeared to be suffering from only minor injuries. Officers on the scene said he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was transported to Atmore Community Hospital for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation.

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