UPDATED @ 8:45 AM Tuesday Scene Pictures FATALITY DEVELOPING. 7:45 PM. Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle - Possible Infant In VehicleRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Mar 04 2019 7:51 PM
ARITON: 7:45 PM. Ozark - Dale County 911 has dispatched multiple emergency units to Highway 231 and Hwy. 51 in Ariton in Dale County. Reports of pedestrian struck by motor vehicle, reports of vehicle on fire and infant in the vehicle.
Ariton Rescue, Ozark EMS, Marley Mill Fire, Dale County Sheriff units rolling along with ALEA-Troopers. Lifeflight has been dispatched to the scene.
Dale County Sheriff Units have reported Vehicle is fully engulfed.
We will update.
UPDATED @ 8:00 PM
The vehicle that is in fire is in the woods. Highway 231 is blocked and Dale County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mason Bynum is on the scene.
Officers are attempting to divert traffic and handle the scene.
UPDATED @ 8:08 PM
Emergency units on scene has requested a fire engine pumper from Ozark respond to the scene due to Engine Company having additional Advanced Life Support Medics.
Multiple Alabama Department of Law Wnforcement - Troopers responding to the scene.
One south bound lane of traffic in Highway 231 is open.
UPDATED @ 9:01 PM
The pedestrian was transported to Dale Medical Center by Ariton Rescue. Ozark Fire Advanced Life Support Medic intercepted and rode in on the ambulance. The condition of the patient is unknown. We do know was critical at the scene.
No one was in the car which burned all had escaped.
A lot of details are not known. A lot of moving factors and rapid moving factors when this accident was going on.
We do have scene pictures but I am not posting them at this time due to the seriousness of the accident and want to make sure all notifications have been made that need to be made before scene pictures are posted.
UPDATED @ 10:39 PM
Alabama Department of Law Enforcement - Trooper Division is in charge of investigating the accident. Colonel Charles Ward was on the scene. Colonel Ward is Commander of the entire State of Alabama - Alabama Department of Public Safety - Trooper Division.
This accident is a fatality accident. The initial reports of a child being in a vehicle, the child is safe and okay.
The first call to Ozark - Dale County 911 apparently was a wreck with no injuries at Highway 231 and Highway 51. The Troopers are investigating the details.
That call was updated minutes later to a motor vehicle accident with injuries, pedestrian struck by a vehicle, a infant inside a vehicle, vehicle on fire. So the call went from routine to major in seconds.
UNCONFIRMED by some civilians on the scene, apparently there was a two vehicle accident without injuries. A person exited their vehicle and was then struck by another vehicle that was traveling down the roadway. That person from the first accident that exited the vehicle is the fatality that died on arrival to Dale Medical Center.
Again, that information is UNCONFIRMED by authorities and came from civilians on the scene via TEXT RICKEY STOKES. We do have scene photographs but will not post them until in the morning when we are sure all family has been notified.
Involved in the emergency response, Ozark - Dale County 911, Ariton Rescue, Marley Mill Volunteer Fire, Ozark EMS, Ozark Fire, Dale County Sheriff Department to include Sheriff Wally Olson and Chief Deputy Mason Bynum, Colonel Charles Ward of the Alabama Department of Law Enforcement - Trooper Division, several Alabama Department of Law Enforcement - Troopers, Life Flight, Alabama Department of Transportation Officials.
No names have been released. In fact have not even attempted to find out because all is fresh and I realize authorities are working details between the scene, hospital, notifications of family so I have left them alone. Will post scene pictures in the morning and find out the names then.
PRAYERS LIFTED for all involved.
UPDATED @ 8:45 AM
The person killed has been identified as 51 year old Johnny Frank Downing