Storm causes havoc, claims life

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 1, 2005

For one Marion family, the miserable weather Sunday afternoon led to misery that goes far beyond wind and rain.

According to a report filed with the State Troopers’ office in Selma, Queen Eubanks, 61, of Marion was killed in a car accident Sunday at 2 p.m. The accident occurred on state Highway 5 north of Marion. Alabama State Troopers are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Further details about the wreck are sketchy, as the first law enforcement officials on the scene were officers with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department. County Sheriff James Hood was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon, as were the deputies who arrived at the collision site.

Eyewitness reports indicate, however, that the accident was a violent head-on collision between a red Volkswagen Beetle and a four-door sedan. The State Trooper’s report contained no information as to the condition of any other drivers or passengers involved in the accident, however.

Driving conditions throughout Sunday were treacherous, with heavy rain, slick roads, low visibility, and wind. The inclement weather caused a number of accidents throughout the Black Belt, with the Selma State Troopers’ station handling nine accidents in its jurisdiction (Perry, Hale, Marengo, Dallas, and Wilcox counties) during only a six-hour period between 2 and 8 p.m. Fortunately, the wreck involving Eubanks was the only one causing more than minor injuries.

The weather continued to take its toll on drivers even into Monday morning, when a tractor-trailer overturned on Highway 80 in Sumter County and slid down an embankment. One official at the scene said that, judging by the truck’s tire tracks and gouges of mud along the highway, the driver first lost control of the truck after veering onto the muddy shoulder, maneuvered the truck back onto the highway briefly, but could not then keep the vehicle from tipping onto the shoulder.

It is not believed that anyone was seriously injured in the accident.