Phenix City woman dies in Wednesday morning crash

mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 16, 2013 

— A 43-year-old Phenix City woman died in an early morning traffic wreck Wednesday on U.S. 431.

Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said Stephanie Cooper was pronounced dead at 7:41 a.m. at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus.

Blunt-force trauma was given as the cause of death.

Sumbry said Cooper was driving a 2010 Toyota Camry in the wrong direction in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 431 and struck a logging truck head on.

Sumbry said the truck driver had minor injuries.

Northbound and southbound lanes came to a stop for nearly three hours.

The log truck did not overturn but was angled across both northbound lanes, pointed south. Those southbound lanes were also somewhat blocked with emergency vehicles as of 9 a.m.

The traffic was constricted but gradually flowing. Around 9:30 a.m., trucks were preparing to tow the log truck from the scene.

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