COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a drug task force officer from Alabama who was injured in a traffic accident while on duty in west Georgia appears to be improving, but faces a long recovery.
Columbus police Cpl. Thomas Keith Slay and Russell County sheriff's Deputy Brad Evans, both members of a regional drug task force, were on their way to help another officer when another vehicle struck their pickup in Columbus on Tuesday. Slay died of his injuries.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says doctors induced a coma to aid Evans' recovery, and the deputy came out of it Wednesday. Taylor tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that he appears to be steadily improving and is in stable condition. The sheriff said he has a 3-year-old son and a wife who is eight months pregnant.