ELSIE - The first car accident Mike Wammack saw after joining the Elsie-Vinemaple Rural Fire Protection Department nearly caused him to quit.

He was 14 years old, maybe 15, and asleep in his home next to U.S. Highway 26 after working a shift at the Elderberry Inn. It was late in the afternoon when something woke him up. He later realized that "something" was the sound of a head-on collision.