Authorities still searching for owner of runaway tires

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2006

DEMOPOLIS – Last Monday, Demopolis Police and Fire Departments responded to a call at Dr. Paul Ketchum&8217;s office involving two runaway tires.

One week later, the driver of neither the truck nor the company owning the truck has been identified.

According to Dr. Paul Ketchum, the office does not belong to him, but to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital.

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A spokesperson for the hospital said that the true amount of expenses for the damage have not been returned yet by the insurance company, but they were expected to get the full amount of reimbursement for repair costs.

Sheryl Vice was attending meetings and could not be reached for comment.

According to Captain Tommy Tate of the fire department, the rear axle of the truck broke and the two tires came off.

The two cars involved were a Ford Mustang and a Pontiac Grand Prix.

There were only minor injuries in the accident.

According to Tate, a little boy sitting under the broken window received minor cuts and bruising. There were no other injuries.

Tate said that a witness reported seeing the tires role down the center lane of Highway 80, and when they reached the curb, they bounced all the way to the building.

There were also reports that another piece of the axle had come off and gone into the Hardee&8217;s parking lot.

Attempts to reach Police Chief Jeff Manuel were not successful.