By O. Ethan Brown
Mountain Echo sports reporter Randall Cox, 80, passed away Feb. 3, surrounded by his wife Dorothy Cox and family, at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, after a rollover vehicle accident in Ironton.
Cox was traveling northbound on Highway 21 in Ironton in his 2010 Mercury, at 2:53 p.m. He attempted to pass a vehicle that was going 40-45 miles per hour, but upon returning to the right lane went off the road and down a grassy slope at approximately 60 miles per hour. His vehicle took out the southern-most stop sign, hit a tree, and rolled into one of the modular homes at Mimosa Senior Park.
Mountain Echo editor Ethan Brown arrived at the scene soon after and was told by Sheriff Roger Medley and bystanders that Cox was able to communicate with first responders. Cox related that he had just left the bank and was on his way home, Medley said.
Jaws of Life was used to extricate Cox from the semi-upside-down vehicle, taking under 15 minutes. He was transported by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center and then flown by Air Evac to Mercy Medical Center, arriving around 5 p.m.
Cox, a retired educator, will be dearly remembered for his love of sports and history. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. A more detailed history of his life and works will be published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Mountain Echo.