Two injured during Auburntown funeral procession

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An accident involving two vehicles and a pedestrian, which occurred during a funeral procession in Auburntown on Sunday (March 18), left two people injured.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2006 Nissan Titan being driven by 41-year-old Eltonevon Johns of Shelbyville was in a funeral procession traveling east on State Route 96 at Donnell Cemetery at 5:18 p.m.

Traffic traveling west had stopped due to the funeral procession. Johns was attempting to turn left into the cemetery.

At that time a 2015 Dodge Durango being driven by Ashley Beasley, 33, of Brush Creek was traveling west and came upon the vehicles stopped in the west travel lanes.

Beasley passed the stopped vehicles and struck Johns' vehicle in the passenger doors. The Nissan Titan rolled over onto its driver's side and rotated 180 degrees and came to rest.

Beasley's vehicle continued traveling west and ran off the right side of roadway, striking a pedestrian, 43-year-old Demetris Benford of Murfreesboro, who was walking to the cemetery on the shoulder of the roadway.

Beasley and Benford were both transported to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Josh Sparkman and citations or criminal charges are pending, the report states.

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