McComb Soldier Recovering From Injuries Suffered In Iraq

A soldier from McComb is hospitalized in Washington with head trauma and broken bones he suffered May 1 after the Humvee he was riding in clipped a heavy truck in Baghdad, Iraq.

Sgt. Timothy Garner, a 30-year-old Army Ranger, was one of three soldiers injured in the wreck. Garner is in Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has developed pneumonia, hospital officials confirmed.

The Rev. Brett Campbell, pastor of Mars Hill Baptist Church where Garner and his wife Andrea and third-grade daughter Nykki used to attend, said he talked with Garner's family over the weekend.

"As best we know from what his wife tells us, his Humvee collided with one of our ambulances as they were trying to avoid live bombs,'' Campbell said. "They were in a dangerous area going through very quickly following the ambulance. The ambulance turned and the two vehicles collided.''

Campbell said Garner had head trauma and broken bones in his jaw, wrist, hand, thigh and ankle. Garner was transferred to Walter Reed last week and has been on life support, Campbell said.

Campbell said Andrea Garner, manager of Ruby Tuesday restaurant in McComb, is handling the situation with her husband "about as well as anybody could.''

Timothy Garner was an Army recruiter in McComb from June 2000 until June 2003 before entering the service himself.

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