Two injured in Hwy. 31 head-on crash

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, April 5, 2011

These two vehicles collided on Tuesday morning on Hwy. 31 just west of the Atmore Country Club.|Photo by Chandler Myers

Two Atmore women were injured Tuesday morning on a stretch of U.S. 31 near Nokomis.

Trysheika Sanders, the driver of a red Saturn sedan, was transported by helicopter to U.S.A. Medical Center in Mobile to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

According to USA emergency room staff, Sanders was listed in stable condition and was expected to be released from their care soon. Faye Odom, the driver of a Chevrolet Equinox was also injured in the collision. She was transported to Atmore Community Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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According to witnesses at the scene, Sanders may have suffered some broken bones in the crash. The nature of injuries sustained by Odom was not known.

Orlando Frye was driving to a job headed south on U.S. 31 when the crash occurred.

“We were headed south and the red car was behind us,” Frye said. “She began to pass and I could see the other vehicle coming. I told Larry, ‘this is it,’ because I knew they were going to hit.”

Frye’s passenger, Larry Bailey, said when the impact was evident, he made that all-important call.

“I called 911 as soon as I could,” Bailey said. “We turned around and went back to help.”

The pair of would-be rescuers joined others who were stopping at the scene to assist those injured in the crash.

Kenny Whatley arrived on the scene moments after the impact. He said Sanders was evidently injured when he got to her vehicle.

“She (Sanders) was unconscious when I got to the car,” Whatley said. “She was probably was unconscious for three for four minutes. The other lady (Odom) got hit in the chest and her airbag worked. She was a little luckier.”

Whatley said the vehicles appeared to be traveling around 50 miles per hour when the impact occurred.

“They hit almost head on,” Whatley said. “The red car was trying to pass and she didn’t make it.”

An unidentified witness said Sanders’ vehicle swerved slightly just before impact causing the passenger side of the vehicle to receive more damage than the front or drivers side.

Trooper Jimmy Dean was on the scene of the accident just minutes after the call was made around 9 a.m. No final report on the crash was available as of press time.