Friend: Woman injured in wreck grateful for prayers

Published 1:18 am Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Repton woman who was injured in a Thursday morning car wreck has a long road ahead to recovery — but is thankful for the help she received on the scene and the prayers of family, friends and strangers, her friend and co-worker said Friday.

Tressa Carter was injured when her Dodge truck overturned Thursday morning as she was driving toward Brewton on Appleton Road, state troopers said.

Carter was transported to D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, her friend Ashley Hoomes Lodge said.

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Carter underwent surgery Thursday and has several broken bones on the lower half of her body — her pelvis, both kneecaps, as well as bones in both legs.

Carter and Lodge are running partners, participating in several races together.

“She has a long road ahead,” Lodge said. “She wanted to make sure everyone knew how much she thanked them for praying for her and helping her there at the scene. She never had to lay a minute by herself, and for that she and we are forever grateful.”

Lodge said Carter had not been using her phone prior to the crash, nor was she speeding, but she was not wearing a seatbelt. “It was simply an accident,” Lodge said.

Lodge said she will be there to help her race partner get back to her favorite sport.

“Running is something that takes heart, not just legs,” Lodge said. “I will do anything I can to help her. I know she has the heart.”