Women Drivers Injured in Head-on Crash

A morning’s trip to Dairy Queen had an unexpected and, unfortunately, painful ending for one Alabama woman.

On Monday afternoon on Alabama Highway 14 East, Prattville Police Department (PPD) spokesman said two local women were taken to a Montgomery medical center after a head-on crash.   According to the police department, Janet Burk, 67, of Millbrook was still in Baptist Medical Center South’s intensive care unit, while the other crash victim, Angela Michelle Hall, 35, of Prattville, was taken to a different hospital and then released after the violent collision.

Unfortunately for motorists, the crash happened at 3:45 p.m., near the state highway’s intersection with Old Farm Road, right in the middle of rush hour traffic.  Rush hour traffic on the busy highway came to a standstill in both directions as emergency crews worked to free both victims from their vehicles, assess their injuries and stabilize them for transport to nearby hospitals.  Traffic was backed up in both directions with lines of cars stretched eastward past the Interstate 65 underpass and westward past Alabama 14’s intersection  with McQueen Smith Road.

The first Prattville Fire Department (PFD) arrived on the scene approximately ten minutes after the collision occurred to find “two cars with heavy damage to the front of both cars.”

At first only one ambulance was summoned, but then when medics discovered that both drivers suffered serious injuries, another ambulance was summoned.  Michelle Hall was taken by ambulance to a hospital, but was later released.  Burke, who was reportedly in serious but stable condition, was admitted to the medical center.

PPD Captain Albert Wadsworth said that the police investigation is on-going, but it appeared that  Burke, who was driving a 2004 Chevy Malibu, was  headed back to Millbrook when her vehicle crossed over the center line and ran into the 2004 Dodge Durango that Hall was driving.  Hall had just left the Dairy Queen less than a half-mile from the crash site when hit by Burke’s vehicle.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash and debris was thrown all along the the road and shoulders of the highway.