Two Vehicle Collision Sends Four to Local Hospitals

By: Alex Zequeira Email
By: Alex Zequeira Email

A two-car collision ended what was supposed to be a night at the beach for one Georgia woman and her daughter, Thursday.

Heidi Hepler and her daughter were following one another in separate cars, headed toward Panama City before going to Florida State University in Tallahassee, where Hepler's daughter was going to begin her freshman year.

But when they neared the Alabama/Florida state line, witnesses say another vehicle carrying three people crossed the highway slamming into 17 year-olds car.

"She called me with somebody else’s phone and was crying and screaming saying that somebody cut her off and that she flipped three times... rolled the car three times," said Hepler.

As Hepler’s daughter struggled to free herself from the wreck, a passerby saw her and got down to help.

"The girl, she crawled out of the window there, she was turned upside down. She was panicking so I stopped to try and calm her down," said Wanda Mcarald.

Hepler was fortunate to escape with a minor injury to her leg. But the three traveling in the other car sustained more serious injuries, two of them being sent to local area hospitals in critical condition.

The cause of the accident is still unknown, but authorities say the four people involved should feel lucky to live through such a dangerous collision.

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