Local man injured in 18-wheeler crash

Published 9:39 pm Friday, April 16, 2010

A Troy man was taken to the hospital after breaking all of his ribs and suffering a head injury in an accident Thursday night.

Grady Booker, 68, was transported to Troy Regional Medical Center and later Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery after the 2001 Nissan Frontier he was driving collided with a Wayne Farms feed truck on Pike County Lake Road.

According to a statement by the Alabama State Troopers Office, Booker pulled out from a private dirt road in front of James Thomas who was driving the Wayne Farms feed truck. Thomas, who was traveling north on County Road 2227 swerved to avoid Booker, but struck him head-on at an angle.

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Thomas, 51 escaped without any injuries.

State Troopers reported that it appeared Booker was making a U-turn to put his trash can on the side of the road when the collision occurred.

Alabama State Troopers Spokesman Kevin Cook said Booker was talking and responding to emergency response personnel when he was taken from the scene and as of Friday night was in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit at Baptist South.