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June 25, 2007

Andy Landers' son involved in Car Crash


Rather than misreport any of this, I'm going to cut and paste from the AJC's article (something I never do for trademark reasons). The link will likely be updated throughout the day. I won't be providing regular updates to this because I don't want to be wrong or screw up via typos or anything else. Check back with the AJC during the day for more info.
N. Oconee high school coach killed in crash
Son of UGA women's basketball coach among injured

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/25/07

ATHENS — Drew Landers, the son of Georgia women's basketball coach Andy Landers, was in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday morning.

Drew Landers, a rising senior at North Oconee High School, was one of three passengers in a Honda Accord that was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 in Oxford, Ala., Sunday evening. Shawn Smith, an assistant basketball coach at North Oconee who was driving the Accord, was killed.

Students David Firth and Ja'Rius Ross were also injured in the crash and were transported to Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala. They were treated and released, according to the hospital.

Claude Felton, a spokesperson for the Georgia Athletics Association, said federal laws prevented him from disclosing details of Drew Landers' condition. However, he did say he received a text message from Coach Landers early Monday morning that indicated Drew Landers, who was life-flighted from Anniston to Atlanta overnight, got "a good report" from Grady doctors and would recover from his injuries.

Andy Landers did not immediately return messages left on his cell phone.

According to Calhoun County coroner Pat Brown, the crash occurred about 5 p.m. on I-20 in Oxford, about 12 miles from Jacksonville State University where the North Oconee basketball team was attending a summer camp.

The tractor-trailer driving in the westbound lane apparently crossed the median into the eastbound lane and struck the car head-on, Brown said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Landers, Firth, Ross and Smith families. I'll aggregate links to this story tonight.



Anonymous said...

We were about 10 cars behind this terrible accident. After the rain let up a bit, we walked up to see what had happened. The fact that anyone is alive, that was in that car, is a miracle. I am not saying lucky, I am saying a miracle.

I am not sure I will ever get the site of that car out of my head.

God clearly had his hand on the 3 survivors, as well as the surviving semi driver and the people in the 3rd SUV type car. I have not seen the SUV mentioned in any article. The entire accident site was awful.

We could not tell that the semi had jumped from the west to east bound lanes, but reading about it now, that seems to be the logical answer, from where the vehicles ended up on the road.

Our prayers go out to all.

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