Wreck Update

Two Cowetans making progress after SC accident

by Clay Neely

Bradley Hartsell, a staff writer for The Newnan Times-Herald, has been moved out of the intensive care unit and is currently in the neuroscience ward in Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville South Carolina.

Hartsell and his girlfriend, Hannah Lattimer, were injured in an accident on I-85 near Anderson, SC, on April 16 on the way to Tennessee for Easter weekend.

Lattimer’s recent tracheotomy surgery was successful, and she is now breathing on her own, family members reported. She is off sedation and pain medication, and she briefly opened her eyes and nodded when asked a question. This marks the first time she's responded since the accident. She is likely to remain in the ICU for at least two more days, according to family members.

On Monday, Hartsell was able to talk for approximately 30 minutes.

“He still isn't aware enough to know why he's in the hospital and hasn't asked any questions yet, but that will come in time as his brain heals,” said Hartsell’s aunt, Cheryl Hartsell. “His latest CAT scan shows nothing has gotten worse and he is answering most questions correctly with one or two words – or by nodding or shaking his head.”

Hartsell’s neck brace came off Tuesday and he also underwent another precautionary CT scan. Both doctors and family members are hopeful that Hartsell will want to eat something soon, otherwise they may have to insert a feeding tube.

Hartsell and Latimer were both involved in an accident near Anderson South Carolina around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Hartsell, who was driving, ran into the back of a fire department rescue vehicle that was stopped in the left-hand lane of I-85 northbound assisting an accident.

Hartsell and Latimer were both transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

“Please let everyone know how much their prayers are appreciated,” said Cheryl Hartsell. “It's the greatest thing we can do for Hannah and Bradley.”

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