Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Car Crash Survivors Walk Nearly A Mile For Help
By Amanda Wade


A car crash leaves three people dead, two of them children, and the two survivors walked nearly a mile to get help.

The one car wreck happened around 10:00pm on Sunday night, forcing a woman and her seven year old daughter to walk nearly a mile to a house, trying to get help for their three family members still at the scene.

Jessica Gibson and her daughter Haley Gibson knocked on Karon Pagano's door on Rockhole Bridge Road pleading for help. Pagano says the Gibson's were soaking wet and and covered in mud and leaves after scrambling to get out of the car, "She said that her husband and her two little children, ages around two and three I think she said, were still in the vehicle and she could not find them. She couldn't get any response from the children. She did see her husband, but he was totally unresponsive to her, and she was quite distraught and upset of course," says Pagano.

30 year old Matthew Douglas lost control of a 2000 Dodge truck that was carrying his family. The Chief Deputy of the Covington County Sheriff's Department says the damp roads could have been a factor, "Apparently it had rolled over two or three times. Three occupants were ejected from the vehicle."

State Troopers say the three people who were thrown out were killed. They were Douglas, and two of his children, two year old Ryan Gibson and three year old Jordan Gibson. The Chief Deputy says the wreck is affecting first responders, "This is one of the worst ones based on the fact that there was two young children that lost their lives."

Authorities also say Gibson and her seven year old daughter were both taken to Andalusia Hospital for treatment and released Monday morning. They also say seat belts and child restraints were not in use at the time of the crash.

The family has set up a fund to help with funeral costs at Southern Independent Bank in Andalusia. If you would like to donate, the fund is under the name Jessica Gibson.