Bridge accident raises questions
There are no guardrails, so guardian angels intervened and prevented a local teenager from crashing onto the railroad tracks beneath the old wooden railroad bridge on Hammitt Street.
Returning home one night last week after visiting a friend, taking the same route over the bridge she had used hundreds of times, suddenly became the most terrifying experience of her life.
A heavy frost had settled on the bridge. Almost to the other side, the car started to slide, hitting the side of the bridge and spinning out of control.
A friend, waiting on the other side for her to cross, watched in horror as the car headed for the steep drop-off beside the bridge.
"Oh, God, please stop her!" she screamed.
The front wheels went over the edge. The car stopped when the underside caught on the edge. The car tilted downward, rear wheels elevated off the ground and still turning.
The car see-sawed on the edge, 40 to 50 feet above the railroad tracks.
Three young men arrived on the scene just as she jumped from her car to the safety of solid ground, just one foot from the edge.
One of the young men was driving a Jeep with a winch and cable on the front bumper. The cable was used to secure the car until it could be pulled back onto the road.
A local police officer on the scene said only the hand of God kept the girl from going all the way over the side of the bridge.
This holiday season, we will be celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. God's gift to us all, the birth of His son, and His gift to us, the life of our daughter.
Thank you, God, for your most precious gifts.
The Turner Family
Legion thanks volunteers for help
The American Legion John F. Thompson Post 52 Auxiliary would again like to thank everyone who helped with the American Legion Kid's Day program.
We would like to say a special thank you to Wal-Mart of Hartselle for their monetary support and help in wrapping the many presents.
Through the support of our local businesses and the people of the communities, the Kid's Day program stands to be a continued success.
The Auxiliary wants to wish a Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year.