Five Teens Involved In Sunday Crash

September 5, 2006
Dwayne Page

Five teenagers were involved in a one car crash Sunday at Big Woods Road.

Trooper Johnny Farley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 15 year old Stephen D. Grantham was traveling east in a 1995 Dodge Intrepid when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right shoulder of the road, continued for 79 feet, and hit a tree head on.

Grantham says he had to swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle.

Trooper Farley says others with Grantham included, 14 year old Brandon Puckett, 15 year old Charles Bates, 15 year old Chip Robinson, and 16 year old Jeffery R. Puckett.

Robinson was seriously injured and airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga

Grantham, Puckett, and Bates were transported to DeKalb Community Hospital with minor injuries. Puckett was not injured.

Trooper Farley says all five boys were wearing their seatbelts.

Grantham was charged with driving on a learners permit and failure to exercise due care.

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