Worker Killed, Two Hurt in Choctaw County

An accident Thursday in west Alabama killed a Choctaw County employee and critically injured another.

It happened around 10 a.m. on County Road 32 in Yantley. Officials say three employees were preparing to patch a pothole when an elderly motorist struck the back of their dump truck, pinning them underneath.

"Devastated! Devastated!" said District 2 county commissioner, C.D. Ruffin in reaction to the tragedy.

According to Commissioner Ruffin, the job would likely have taken only ten minutes to complete. The crew had been there about five minutes when the crash happened.

"It was just a horrible, horrible accident that happened," said Choctaw County Sheriff James Lovette.

Lovette said the Alabama Highway Patrol is handling the investigation, and as of Friday morning, no charges had been filed.

The worker who died is identified as 63-year-old Jerry Hudson. After working more than 20 years for the county, he retired three years ago and Commissioner Ruffin says he went on to work part-time with the county to help.

One of the workers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The other was critically hurt and is being treated for multiple injuries, including two broken legs.

The driver of the vehicle received minor injuries.

"We're going to have to look at this closely and make sure that we make every necessary step to keep our folks safe," Ruffin said.

Funeral arrangements for Hudson were not immediately available.


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  • by Vivian Location: Carthage on Apr 22, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    I loved my Uncle Jerry. I will miss him very much. You all should get a Flagman before some one else get killed.
  • by RR Location: home on Apr 18, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    Just remember anonymous,one day you might be old.
  • by jr on Apr 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM
    Please define the age of 'old folks'.
  • by cch Location: butler on Apr 17, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    this was one of the most horrific accidents that ever happen to a county employee. jerry was a very special person, and was best friends with my husband who also work for the county. something must, and got to be done. due to financial hardships of the county, they can't hire enough manpower to assist these men with flagmans. i don't want to lose my husband this way. we must do something!!!!!
  • by Becky Location: Choctaw county on Apr 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    Choctaw county needs someone in office who knows how to do things properly, like having flag men out to control traffic. The commisioners should be held responsible for that poor mans death, not the motorist.
  • by jon on Apr 17, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    This is terrible. I know it is easy to come up on workers especially here in lauderdale county. They will just be sittin in the middle of the road with no signs to warn you they are there..sometimes with a lane blocked and no flagman. Prayers for everyone involved.
  • by Ace on Apr 16, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    How come no one is identifying the driver of the vehicle that hit the county workers?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    this is why old folks should not be driving
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