ATHENS — Drew Landers, the son of Georgia women's basketball coach Andy
Landers, was in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit at Grady
Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Drew Landers, a rising senior at North Oconee High School, was one of three
passengers in a Honda Accord that was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on
Interstate 20 in Oxford, Ala., Sunday evening. Shawn Smith, an assistant
basketball coach at North Oconee who was driving the Accord, was killed.
Students David Firth and Ja'Rius Ross were also injured in the crash and were
transported to Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Alabama. They
were treated and released, according to the hospital.
Claude Felton, a spokesperson for the Georgia Athletics Association, said
federal laws prevented him from disclosing details of Drew Landers' condition.
However, he did say he received a text message from Coach Landers early Monday
morning that indicated Drew Landers, who was life-flighted from Anniston to
Atlanta overnight, got "a good report" from Grady doctors and would recover from
Andy Landers did not immediately return messages left on his cell phone.
According to Calhoun County coroner Pat Brown, the crash occurred about 5
p.m. on I-20 in Oxford, about 12 miles from Jacksonville State University where
the North Oconee basketball team was attending a summer camp.
The tractor-trailer driving in the westbound lane apparently crossed the
median into the eastbound lane and struck the car head-on, Brown said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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