Man Escapes After Striking Guardrail

Neighbors, emergency crews help man after accident in Oxford early Monday evening.

An Oxford man amazingly survived with minor injuries after striking a guardrail on Governor’s Hill Road Monday night.

Carl Ottowell, 53, of Good Hill Road, was driving his 2005 Buick up the hill near 20 Governor’s Hill Road at 6:25 p.m. Monday when he lost consciousness and drove off the left side of the road, striking a steel guardrail head on, according to police. He escaped with a head scrape, emergency officials said.

The guardrail went through the windsheild and bent back the roof, narrowly missing Ottowell, who was the only person in the car (see photos), Oxford Fire Chief Scott Pelletier said. The crash caused a small fire inside the Buick and shattered the glass windshield, he said, adding that neighbors ran toward the accident scene with water and fire extinguishers; they knocked down the flames and made sure Ottowell was out of the car.

Oxford firefighters extinguished the remainder of the fire. Oxford Ambulance crews treated Ottowell on scene and brought him to a local hospital where he was treated and released. 

Ottowell told emergency crews that he recently had surgery that may have caused him to lose consciousness. Police took no enforcement action.

The car, which was totaled, was towed from the scene.

Almost 24 hours to the minute after that accident, another crash occurred near Perry Lane in Oxford around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday.

A man was driving up the road when he lost control of his vehicle and drove off the side of the road. Several local emergency crews responded because original reports stated the man was trapped in his vehicle. But when emergency crews arrived, the man was out of the car, Pelletier said.

That man’s name was not immediately available as of late Tuesday night.


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Paul Singley May 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Perhaps I overstated it a bit. I apologize for that. Still, from the looks of it, the man is very lucky because this was a bad crash.
Mike Castle May 31, 2012 at 05:53 AM
What is really worrying here is how the car managed to get UNDER the guard rail, methinks something wrong with the initial installation.
joeitall May 31, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Instalation was fine, you can see that the state required end pc Buffer is still attached to the end of the guardrail. All I can figure by the picture is he saw it coming & was hitting the brakes hard & turning causing the vehicle to drop the front end of the car. That would cause the car to hit the buffer end pc low & defecting it up with the guardrail. He is lucky it did have a Buffer end pc or he may not of survived !
Yooper June 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
If the end ran to the ground you couldn't get under it.
Craig Zac June 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I agree with Yooper...why not run the ends to the ground? As long as you arent going fast when you hit it, youd most likly just end up stuck on the rail, not impailed on it.


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