snowy weather brings lots of wrecks, but few injuries
by Staff Report
The snowy weather garnered travel problems around Talladega County Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Officials reported traffic accidents all across the county, but there were no serious injuries as a result.

According to Lincoln Police Department records, officers worked 12 accidents that resulted in a total of three minor injuries since it began snowing Thursday afternoon. The majority of the accidents occurred Friday morning.

Troopers from the Jacksonville post said they responded to four accidents in Talladega County as of midnight Thursday and three more Friday morning. None of these accidents involved injuries. The only accident worked by Jacksonville Troopers that did involve an injury was in Clay County.

Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson said that reports had been filed on four accidents in town as of Friday afternoon, but said the total number responded to was much higher.

“I personally know of at least six or seven,” he said. “I know four is too low, so there must be some that aren’t in the system yet.”

There were two traffic accidents in Sylacauga between Thursday and Friday. Neither yielded serious injuries, and only one was weather-related.

One accident occurred when a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Kristine Mims was heading east on U.S. 280 at the intersection between Fort Williams Street and James Payton Boulevard, according to the accident report. Mims started over an ice-covered bridge when the vehicle skidded off the road and turned over down a steep bank. Mims was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center.

The other incident involved a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2012 Ford Focus, also on U.S. 280 at the intersection of Joe P. Dark Drive. Esther Terrill, driving the Ford, was traveling westbound from Walmart while Tyler Whittington in the Pontiac headed east. Whittington hit Terrill’s vehicle after accidentally running a red light, the accident report states. Terrill’s car was towed, and no injuries were reported.

Daily Home staff writers Elsie Hodnett, Emily Adams and Chris Norwood contributed to this report.

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