by Emily Waldrep
Six students from Warren and one student from Woodville narrowly escaped serious injuries Friday, April 20, when they were involved in an accident in Jasper county. The students, Tate Gore, Savannah Gore, Tanner Gore, Bethany Dean,Tyler McGallion, Garrett Johnson and Harlie Fortenberry took two separate vehicles to spend some time at the lake. At about 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Tanner Gore stopped his vehicle at the junction of Highway 63 and County Road 777 in Jasper. Due to the heavy rains, Tyler McGallion, who was in the vehicle behind Gore, hydroplaned and lost control of his truck, causing it to rear end Gore's stopped vehicle.
The seven students involves in the accident didn't suffer any serious injuries, and no one had to be transported to the hospital, although both vehicles suffered serious damage.
"After seeing the trucks, it's amazing that those kids only walked away with a few bumps and a busted lip. It definitely opened their eyes to how blessed they really are," said an eye witness that was on the scene.
Jasper County sheriffs department responded to the scene and reported that the wet roads inevitably make controlling a vehicle more difficult, and drivers should take extra care when driving in rainy weather.