CAIRO HOLLOW —
An Athens man evaded life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon when his truck slid off a slick roadway and skittered down an embankment near the Elk River in western Limestone County.
Emergency officials said Anthony M. Draper, 59, was conscious and sitting in the cab of his green 1998 Ford Ranger when they reached the bottom of the embankment.
Draper, who was not entrapped and the lone occupant, was taken by ambulance without a siren to Athens-Limestone Hospital. The hospital did not have a listing for Draper late Friday, and his condition was unavailable.
State troopers said Draper was injured and not wearing a seatbelt. He lost control of his pickup truck while traveling on Cairo Hollow Road near Upper Snake Road following a torrential downpour, said officials at the scene.
Dispatch received a call at about 2:15 p.m. that Draper’s truck had ran off Cairo Hollow and rolled down the hill. First responders with Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department reached the scene and found the truck upright despite its tumble into a meadow, with damage to the driver’s side, both side windows, windshield and roof.
“The heavy rain may have caused him to slide off the roadway. It was raining so hard you couldn’t see in front of you about 15 minutes before the call came in,” said Jason Brackeen, assistant fire chief for Pleasant Grove VFD.
Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad, Athens EMS and Goodsprings Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.