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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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

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

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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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