88-year-old Guntersville man hit by semi, walks away with minor injuries

Brownie Harrison says he is grateful to be alive.
WAFF 48's Savannah Sapp reporting
Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2023 at 10:07 PM CDT
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - ”Believe it or not, I could hear the noise and all that, and naturally, I thought I was dead,” 88-year-old Dennis “Brownie” Harrison said.

He is recalling the moment he was hit by an 18-wheel truck while crossing Hwy. 69 in a California Roadster cart.

Harrison owns Carts by Design in Guntersville. Monday morning, he crossed Highway 69 in his cart like any other day to pick up supplies from Discount Building Supply. On his way back to his store, Harrison says the morning sun blinded him, and he failed to see a semi barreling toward him as he pulled back onto the highway.

“When I got out and started out on the street, I looked up and for an instant, I saw that truck. I put my foot, I jammed on the breaks and slipped off the breaks and hit the gas,” Harrison said.

Harrison was tossed from his car and says he was partially under the semi when his body came to a stop.

“I started moving around, and all the extremities worked, so I got up and came out from under the truck. I told that ambulance driver ‘I need to go over to the shop and clean up’ and the ambulance driver said ‘Mr. Harrison, you’re going with me,’” Harrison said.

Harrison was taken to Marshall Medical North where he was treated for cuts to his arms and head and a few broken bones in his back. He was released later that day.

Harrison says he is suffering from some soreness after the incident, but he is grateful to be alive and back at work.

“I think I’m in very good physical condition for my age and I’ve still got the majority of the sense I ever had, at least part of it. But no, I’m very fortunate to be here,” Harrison said.

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