Atmore man crashes into home

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If Ernie and Shirley Jerkins had been at home, they would most assuredly have been shaken up when a 2006 Nissan pick-up plowed into their home on Ridge Road.

According to the Alabama State Troopers, the one-vehicle accident occurred late last week.

The truck, driven by Marvin Dalane Norman, 47, of Atmore, apparently failed to make the curve near May Creek Church and ended up in the side of the Jerkins’ home.

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Norman was LifeFlighted to Mobile, troopers said, and his condition was not known at press time.

Alabama Trooper Bowers is investigating the accident.

The Jerkins were on their way home from a vacation in Tennessee when the accident occurred, but family members were cooking on the back porch when the accident occurred. Although none of those at the home were injured, they felt a large jolt to the house.

Neil Jerkins, son of Ernie and Shirley Jerkins, said he guessed the old house must have been constructed from strong materials.

“It looks as if the truck ran into the side of the house,” Jerkins said. “But really the house was sitting on blocks and off the ground. The truck ran under the side of the house. I don’t know what happened to the man, but there were no skid marks or brake burns and it was 200 feet to the house from where he left the road.”

Jerkins said a bedroom sustained some damage, with cracked sheet rock and flooring.

“All of the blocks underneath the house will have to be checked for safety,” he added.

This truck being driven by Atmore resident Marvin Dalane Norman crashed into a Brewton home last Thursday. | Photo by Kerry Whipple Bean