Four From Cannon Co. Injured In Warren Co. Crash
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 8:47 pm
Four Cannon Co. residents were injured Monday afternoon in a Warren Co. accident which killed two DeKalb Co. residents.
A 31-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision that sent seven others to the hospital in Warren Co.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the two-vehicle collision occurred on Shelbyville Road outside McMinnville.
Troopers said a Ford Mustang slid across the center line and slammed into another vehicle head-on.
Dead are 31-year-old Derrick Reeder and 24-year-old Brittnay Fitts of Smithville.
Those injured were 24-year-old Kara Funk and 22-year-old Brandon Byford both of Smithville, 24-year-old Tammy Edwards of Woodbury and four juveniles including three from Woodbury and one from Gordonsville.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE Radio in Smithville that the crash occurred around 1:35 p.m. on the Shelbyville Road in Warren County. It was investigated by Trooper Dwaine Jennings and Lieutenant Randy Maynard.
According to the THP, Edwards was driving east on Shelbyville Road in a 1995 Ford Mustang as Reeder was heading west in a 1997 Accura. The THP reports that Edwards' car crossed over the center line, causing Reeder's vehicle to go into a slide when he locked his brakes. The two cars then hit head-on in the center yellow line of the highway.
Edwards and three children passengers were injured including a five-year-old boy, a four-year-old boy, and a two-year-old girl, all from Woodbury.
According to a Southern Standard report, the victims were airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with the exception of one victim who was transported by ambulance to River Park Hospital because she is six-months pregnant and did not want to go by air.
The reason for Edwards crossing the center line is unknown. Helicopters used to airlift the victims landed in a nearby field while first-responders and ambulance personnel worked with the injured near the crash site.