Madeline Mitchell

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Madeline Mitchell

Madeline Mitchell (born May 17, 1989) is the former Miss Alabama USA. She won the title for 2011 and competed in the Miss USA 2011 competition, where she finished as the second runner-up. She recovered from a 12-day coma and numerous broken bones suffered in a 2008 car accident to win the Miss Alabama USA title two years later.

Beauty Pageant Experience

Mitchell had previously competed in the 2008 Miss Alabama USA pageant and placed as the second runner-up. She returned one year later and competed in the 2009 Miss Alabama USA competition and only finished Top 15.


On September 26, 2008, while she was on her way to show her mother her new dress for the 2008 Miss Alabama USA competition, she hit a deer and lost control of her vehicle. The car went into a ravine and caught fire just off of Alabama State Route 13. Walmart truck driver Gary Lewellen extinguished the fire in her car during the accident. She and her boyfriend were trapped, hanging upside down, in the car. She spent 12 days in a coma at the University of Alabama Hospital following the accident and had multiple fractures to her leg, broken ribs and internal injuries. She spent 21 days on a respirator and two months in a wheelchair. With a femur broken in 12 places and pneumonia she was at risk of losing not only her leg, but also her life. Although doctors had doubted the possibility, she was able to walk after several months. At the time she was in the final year of studies at the University of Alabama, where she studied elementary education. On November 7, 2010, as Miss Tuscaloosa, she won the title of Miss Alabama USA at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa.

Her parents are Suzanne and John Mitchell.

Miss USA

Mitchell was named 2nd runner-up at Miss USA 2011 pageant held at Las Vegas on June 19, 2011.


  • "Madeline Mitchell: Miss Alabama USA 2011". Pageant Update.
  • "Miss Alabama USA Madeline Mitchell Overcomes Horrific Injuries, Heads to Miss USA Beauty Pageant". (June 16, 2011) ABC News
  • Milligan, Cheryl (November 13, 2011) "Miss Alabama prevails after tragic crash". Times Daily
  • Ostendorf, Greg (November 8, 2011) "Miss Tuscaloosa takes home the crown". Tuscaloosa News
  • "Alyssa Campanella wins Miss USA 2011".
  • "Meet Miss USA Alyssa Campanella!". US Magazine. 2011-06-20.

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Preceded by:
Audrey Moore
Miss Alabama USA
Succeeded by:
Katherine Webb