Head-on collision reported on Route 98, Alexander
A head-on collision is reported in the area of 10109 Alexander Road, Alexander.
That's between Sprague and Goodman roads.
Alexander fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.
UPDATE(S) 7:06 a.m. by Billie: The road is shut down. Two ambulances were called, then canceled by Alexander command. Now an ambulance is called to the scene to transport an individual to the hospital, despite the person's decline of aid. Two flatbed tow trucks are responding.
UPDATE 7:22 a.m.: An Alexander ambulance is transporting a 30-year-old woman to UMMC with complaints of chest and leg pain. The medic said the vehicles were traveling 55 mph at the time of the collision.
UPDATE 7:40 a.m.: A Mercy rig also transported a patient to a hospital.
UPDATE 7:57 a.m. (by Howard): One driver apparently fell asleep. That driver's car drifted completely into the oncoming lane. The driver in that lane, in an attmept to avoid a collision, drove into its opposite lane. The two cars collided at the center line, front passenger side to front passenger side.
"The two cars collided at the center line, front passenger side to front passenger side."
Sounds like driver#2 passed their 'Defensive Driving' class with flying colors - And avoided a horrific tragedy. Dead cars can be replaced.
Hope everyone involved turns out OK.
Good point Ed!
And I assume both drivers were wearing seatbelts! Or it would probably been a different story!
I just took a defensive driving course last week and program stressed that drivers should always go Right and never left into on coming lane. A drowsy or distracted driver that drifts into your lane will almost always instinctively return to their lane. Driving off the shoulder is identified as the better option.
That is not always the case though Bill , I responded to an MVA 3 years ago where we Mercy Flighted 3 people , one car crossed the center line and even though the other car was almost off the road on the right shoulder they still hit head on , driver side to driver side.
In my motorcycle course (M.A.N.Y.S.) I was taught to SEE (Search Evaluate Execute). I've also taken defensive driving courses and don't remember any of them stressing to always "go right." You do what you "need" to do.