[UPDATE] FHP Reports Serious Wreck on US-221 - SLIDE SHOW

Updated by Lanetra Bennett - April 22, 2011

An elderly woman is heading into surgery after suffering crushed bones in a car crash in Taylor County.

Family members have confirmed that the 89-year-old woman who was driving the car that was T-boned by a tow truck Friday morning is Bessie Green of Taylor County.

Her pastor says Green is responsive at the hospital.

Those at the accident site say is a blessing considering how the scene looked.

Taylor County resident Ladonna Denmark said, "You start seeing them pulling and tugging. They put sheets over so that nobody can see. That's when you're like, oh, Lord."

Denmark says she made it to the accident scene before the ambulance, and 89-year-old Bessie Green was responsive.

But, Denmark says her relief turned to fear once first responders arrived.

"My heart dropped. It's just not something you want to see. When you see them peeling off the top of a car knowing somebody's in there and that's how bad; it's really something to see." Said, Denmark.

Florida Highway Troopers say just before 10:00 Friday morning, the driver of a tow truck with a car on the back was driving southbound on Highway 221.

Troopers say Green was turning left onto 221 from Wright Road, when the tow truck crashed into Green's Lincoln.

One neighbor, Philip Shaw, says he was surprised to see how serious the crash was.

Shaw said, "We heard just a very short screeching of the tires. Then, a crash that sounded like a fender bender, just a minor accident."

Troopers say Green did stop at the stop sign on Wright Road approaching 221. But, say she looked to the right, but did not look to the left before pulling out to turn.

Denmark said, "Ms. Bessie's 89 years old, we need to pray for her."

Family members told Eyewitness News around 3:00 p.m. that Green was about to go into surgery at Tallahassee Memorial.

They say both of her legs were broken, but, say she was responsive, and that doctors are optimistic.

Troopers say a family member later took him to the hospital, but say he was doing okay.

His name has not been released.


[UPDATE April 22, 2011 - 3:00 -

Eyewitness News has confirmed that the woman involved in the crash was 89-year-old Bessie Green of Taylor County. We spoke with Green's pastor, who says she is alert and knows where she is. Green is expected to survive.

The Florida Highway Patrol originally reported the accident as a "possible fatality" because of her age.

Earlier, FHP troopers say a tow truck driver was heading southbound on US-221 when the accident took place. A car was at a stop sign on Wright Road before trying to make a left turn, pulling out in front of the tow truck. The tow truck tried to stop but ended up hitting the car.

Green's pastor tells us that she is heading into surgery now, and that she suffered two broken bones.


[UPDATE April 22, 2011 - Noon -

FHP troopers say a tow truck driver was heading southbound on US-221 when the accident took place. A car was at a stop sign on Wright Road before trying to make a left turn, pulling out in front of the tow truck. The tow truck tried to stop but ended up hitting the car.

The driver of the car, an 89-year-old woman, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The tow truck driver was fine.

FHP troopers on the scene would not confirm if a fatality happened.


[UPDATE April 22, 2011 - 11:25am -

Updated with a slide show of the scene. Click on the "Photos" tab above.


April 22, 2011 - 10:30am -

The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting a "possible fatality" at US-221 and Wright Road in Perry, Florida in Taylor County, according to the FHP website.

WCTV has a reporter on the way. Stay with WCTV for updates.

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  • by mn041952 Location: tx on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    Bessie Green is my aunt....we should be all praying for her and the driver that hit her...not casting stones and pointing fingers.......we all have made mistakes in our lives...no one is perfect...hope this never happens to you or someone you love. ....
  • by TAY on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    Who is it to say an 89 year old can't drive and who is it to say a 16 year old can drive? Who it's to say 18's year old can go fight for OUR USA. LET'S pray for ever-body that has lost love ones in the past recent DAYS....... MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU!!!
  • by family Location: leon on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    i think we should all be thankful everyone is alive, and we will all get older. your opinions of the elderly driving may change when you are in the same situation.
  • by fam on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    wow none of u were there so how do any of us know if she looked to the left the reports have been wrong all day first they said fatal! shes 89 and has an excellent driving record and takes care of herself probably more then we can say for most of u get a life the family has enough to deal with......
  • by I WAS THERE on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:58 PM
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    She was too old to drive, now our health system has to spend thousands to care for her so she can live one or two more years.
  • by AUNT Location: PERRY on Apr 22, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    WELL my nephew was the one driving the truck and he has known Ms. Green all of his life. It was not his fault and he is very concerned about Ms. Green like the rest of our family. You want this to happen to any family. We lost our mom on the other end of Wright Road several years ago. To Ms. Green's family we are all praying for Ms. Green. Our thoughts and prays are with you. She is a great lady so if you need to talk about someone talk about me and leave the two families involved alone.
  • by anon, Location: trailer county on Apr 22, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    if she didnt look to the left and she pulled out and got tboned by the wrecker,it shouldnt matter if the wrecker had his yellow lights on simply bc she did not look.only thing that yellow light on the tow truck for isto give caution to others about it pulling a vehicle.it is her fault and its not like the tow truck wanted to hit a old lady on purpose..wait i forgot this is trailer county lol have some common sense people
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    She is going to survive! Amazing grace... God is looking out for her.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    looks like the wrecker, if traveling the speed limit, had the right of way since he had a flashing yellow and the Lincoln had a flashing red. For whatever reason she did not see the truck and decided to go. it would be failure to yeild right of way on her part. But then again I wasn't there and don't have all the facts, but that's what it appears....sucks how ever you look at it.
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