Sycamore man seriously injured in wreck
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA — Two vehicles collided on the 275 Bypass and Jackson Trace Road Wednesday morning, totaling both and sending one driver to the hospital in Birmingham.

According to Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson, Charles Armel Jr., 70, of Lincoln, was driving a 1999 Dodge 350 pickup truck towards town on Jackson Trace Road at about 9:57 a.m. Armel stopped at the stop sign before crossing the first part of the bypass, but continued through the median without stopping again to check traffic in the opposite direction.

He struck the driver’s side door of a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Darryl Ray Hammonds, 48, of Sycamore, who was northbound on the bypass at the time.

Armel’s vehicle was spun 180 degrees, but neither he nor the dog that was riding in the truck with him was injured.

Watson said Talladega firefighters had to cut Hammonds out of his vehicle. LifeSaver helicopter landed just as Hammonds was being taken out of his vehicle. He was transported to University Hospital in Birmingham via helicopter.

NorthStar Paramedics and Talladega County Sheriff’s Deputies also responded to the accident, which caused minor traffic delays.

No information on Hammonds’ condition was available Wednesday evening.

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