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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