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Man crashes car in 12-foot ditch

Wrecker crews fished a car from a 12-foot-deep drainage ditch in Decatur on Friday night.

Decatur police said the driver, Anthony Doyle Watkins, 47,
of Decatur, apparently lost control as he drove east on Gordon Drive Southwest at about 7:45 p.m.

The car went onto the sidewalk and crashed in a wide, concrete-lined drainage ditch along Second Avenue, said police officer Scott Strickland.

The car, which left tire marks on the walls of the ditch, landed on its passenger side.

Strickland said emergency medical technicians and firefighters arrived to find Watkins pinned under the car, half-
way out of the passenger window.

Decatur firefighters said they climbed down into the ditch with a ladder and rocked the car back to remove Watkins.

An ambulance took Watkins to Decatur General Hospital. His condition was unknown at press time.

- Seth Burkett

Free movie tonight at Wilson Morgan

The free Movie in the Park series moves to Wilson Morgan Park on Saturday night.

Decatur Parks and Recreation will show "Open Season," an animated movie about a grizzly bear who finds himself stranded in the woods three days before opening day of hunting season.

He forms an unlikely friendship with Elliot, a fast-talking mule deer, and they must rally other forest animals if they are to form an army against hunters.

The movie will start about 8 p.m. on softball field 3.

Free popcorn and soft drinks will be available while supplies last.

- Paul Huggins

Car falls on man working under it

ATHENS — A car rolled off a wrecker and landed on a man working underneath it.

Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson said the man was disconnecting something under the car Thursday night so he could take it to be crushed.

"The front end was up, and the car rolled off the wrecker and on top of him," Johnson said.

The man was working at Ted's Lock and Key.

Two people with the victim took him to Athens-Limestone Hospital for minor injuries.

- Holly Hollman

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