Atmore News: Man loses leg in crash – Wife says rescue from isolated Clarke Co. area was ‘a miracle’

By Don Fletcher

A Canoe man, one of Escambia County’s most noted cotton farmers, is recuperating in a Mobile hospital after he apparently lost consciousness and crashed his motorcycle in northwestern Clarke County last Saturday, April 8.

Robert Wiley Farrar Sr., 65, lost a leg to the accident but otherwise suffered only minor injuries, said Susan Farrar, the crash victim’s wife of 10 years.

Farrar’s left leg was reportedly mangled in the crash. He was flown by an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to University of South Alabama Medical Center, where doctors had no recourse but to remove the badly damaged limb.

Susan Farrar, who said her husband was to be moved Tuesday from the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit to a private room, classified the series of events immediately following the mishap, which could have proven fatal, as nothing short of miraculous.

“He could have died, but it seems like everything just fell into place,” she said. “There is no cell phone service in that area, but there was a land line at the post office. The helicopter (which is based in Demopolis, about 55 miles from the crash site) was five miles down the road, doing a demonstration. It’s a miracle, that’s all I can say.”