JPD officer injured in head-on collision on Viking Drive
by James Phillips
Jan 31, 2013 | 7115 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper police officers and firefighters, as well as members of Regional Paramedical Service and the Alabama State Troopers, responded Wednesday to the scene of an accident on Viking Drive. Jasper Police Lt. Justin Tidwell was injured in the accident. Daily Mountain Eagle - James Phillips
Jasper police officers and firefighters, as well as members of Regional Paramedical Service and the Alabama State Troopers, responded Wednesday to the scene of an accident on Viking Drive. Jasper Police Lt. Justin Tidwell was injured in the accident. Daily Mountain Eagle - James Phillips
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While responding to a serious emergency call Wednesday afternoon, a supervisor at the Jasper Police Department was injured in an apparent head-on collision.

Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said Lt. Justin Tidwell collided around 2 p.m. with another vehicle while responding to a call of an alleged gunman at a medical office.

The accident happened on Viking Drive between T.R. Simmons Elementary and Indiana Avenue.

Rowe, who was at a police chief’s conference in Montgomery Wednesday, said Tidwell was being treated in the emergency room at UAB Hospital Wednesday afternoon. She did not know his status at that time.

Two females were in the other vehicle involved in the crash. Their names were not available at press time, but Rowe said they did suffer injuries and were also taken by ambulance to UAB Hospital.

The Alabama State Troopers are investigating the crash, Rowe said.

While Jasper police were investigating the possible gunman and clearing the wreck scene, Rowe said several other law enforcement agencies, including the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the Sumiton Police Department and the Parrish Police Department, volunteered to help respond to Jasper patrol calls.

“Evening shift is our busiest time, so that added help was appreciated,” she said.

Rowe said Jasper police are still investigating the call of an alleged gunman.