Man walks hour after driving off embankment


An injured man had to  walk up a hill for an hour to save himself after driving off into a deep embankment, a Pleasantfield Volunteer Fire Department official said late Wednesday. 

Captain Walter Evans with Pleasantfield Volunteer Fire Department said in a text late Wednesday, "We responded to the 7600 block of Pleasantfield Road this morning at 6:20 a.m. to a one-car accident. Mr. Keith Busby was driving his Ford truck down Pleasantfield Road when he came around the curve. 

"There was a huge tree across both lanes. He tried to stop but, unable to, he left the road and traveled ... down a huge embankment. Mr. Busby said he ran off the road about a hour before someone called 911. He had to remove himself from the truck and climbed up to the road way to seek help. It took him a hour to make it up the hill, all the while with serious injuries after the fire."

The department contacted the area medical flight to fly him out, but weather conditions prevented air companies from flying him. He was then transported by a Regional Paramedical Services ambulance to Walker Regional Medical Center in Jasper for treatment.

After seeing after the patient's transport, Pleasantfield firemen cut up the tree from the road and then cut down additional trees and brush so a tow company could remove the truck. The department was on scene for three and half hours. 

"Mr. Busby played a huge effort and saving his own life by climbing to the road," Evans said. "His vehicle was not visible from the road. Also, there was no cell phone coverage at the accident site. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to him, and we wish him a speedy recovery." 

The Walker County Sheriff Office and Alabama State Troopers also responded to the incident.