Vehicle, mobile home come together in Gosnell

Friday, November 27, 2009

A one vehicle accident Wednesday night left a Gosnell teenager with moderate injuries and his truck underneath a mobile home, according to Gosnell Police.

At approximately 10:10 p.m., Gosnell Police received a call of a one-vehicle accident with injuries on Airbase Highway in the S-curve at Blounts Affordable Homes. When officers arrived, they found a 2001 red Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by a 17-year-old male, that had left the roadway and struck a double wide mobile home parked on the home sales lot.

The pickup truck struck the mobile home and became wedged underneath it and a utility pole. The driver was transported by Mississippi County EMS to Great River Medical Center with moderate injuries.

The accident was determined to have been alcohol and speed related, after the teen admitted to police that he had been drinking and witness's stating the vehicle was going between 70-75 mph.

Gosnell Police Commissioner Bobby Trump stated that this young man was extremely lucky to be alive, that "The only place on the vehicle that was not crushed was the driver seat area." Trump stated that if another person had been riding with him in the pickup truck, they would not be here today. "This shows the dangers that all drivers face when they decide to drive, not only at excessive speeds, but also after consuming alcohol," Trump continued.

The teen was charged with DUI and careless and prohibited driving. An investigation is ongoing as to where the teen got the alcohol and further charges may be forthcoming.

The vehicle had to be left at the scene due to the mobile home being knocked off it's concrete blocks from the impact and is resting on the truck. The vehicle will be removed from the scene today as crews will have to raise the mobile home up and a power company crew will have to be on hand to make sure the utility pole is not damaged from the accident and from the vehicle removal.

rharris@blythevillecourier.com