Alabama basketball stars hospitalized after flipping car in accident

Alabama basketball stars hospitalized after flipping car in accident

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Alabama basketball stars hospitalized after flipping car in accident

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Lee guard Roderic Scott (3) drives Carver guard Darien Adams (11) during the game on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare, Advertiser)

Lee guard Roderic Scott (3) drives Carver guard Darien Adams (11) during the game on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare, Advertiser)

Two local basketball stars — Robert E. Lee’s Rod Scott and G.W. Carver’s Darian Adams — are hospitalized after they were in a single-car car rollover accident on their way to Birmingham for the Jeff Davis girls playoff basketball game.

Reports are that the car they were riding in flipped after losing control in rainy conditions at about 10:16 a.m. and that Scott is still unconscious.

UPDATE at 8 p.m.: Scott’s father, Rodney Scott, gave an update on his condition.

Scott was air lifted to Baptist South after the accident. His brain is swollen, he suffered two collapsed lungs and separated his shoulder. He is currently in critical condition, and is sedated until his brain’s swelling goes down.

Scott has been unconscious since his arrival. Rodney was told they would monitor Scott’s condition overnight and hope to know more in the morning.

“Basically the same thing we were told when we first got here,” Rodney Scott said. “His brain was swollen, and they were still checking and were waiting until the brain’s swelling went down. It hasn’t yet, but they gave him medicine. We should know more in the morning.

“Right now he’s still in critical condition. Right now we’re just sitting and waiting. That’s the only thing the doctor told us, to wait until the morning and see how things go overnight.”

Over 50 people were in the Baptist South waiting room to show support, including coaches, players from multiple schools, teachers and Lee principal Lorenza Pharrams.

“I wish he could know how many people are here,” Rodney Scott said. “I appreciate everybody from the school, the principal, teachers, everybody. It really says a lot about him. That says a lot about us as a family..”

UPDATE at 3 p.m. : he Advertiser spoke with Carver coach James “JJ” Jackson, who spoke with Adams earlier today.

“From what I understand they hydroplaned,” Jackson said. “Darian’s mom called me and said he’ll be OK. I spoke with Darian and he said, ‘Nothing’s broken. I’m good, coach.’ He sounded real good, spoke well. Sounded just like Darian.

“He said, ‘I just wanted to call and let you know I was OK.’ I thought that was real big of him, that he went through that and still thought to call his coach.”

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Steve Jarrett said there were five injuries total. Two people were riding in the front of the car, and three were in the back, Jarrett said. He said the three rear seat passengers were “unrestrained and were fully ejected.”

The accident occurred in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 at mile marker 221 in Chilton County.

“One ejected clear across SB lanes, one landed in SB lanes and one landed close to vehicle. All were taken to Baptist South. One was taken by helicopter the others by ambulance,” Jarrett said in an email.

Where Scott and Adams were sitting and what injuries they sustained has not been confirmed.

Scott and Adams played together at St. Jude and won state championships together in 2013 and 2014. Both seniors, Scott has committed to Jacksonville State and Adams has signed with Troy.

Adams’ teammate Lyndell “Mack” Wilson said the woman driving is OK. Here’s what he texted the Advertiser.

“They were going to Birmingham to watch JD play…and they said the car flipped like four times and Rod and Darian flew out of the car.

“The girl that was driving lost control.”

“I talked to the girl and they should be good.”

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