Three Injured In Saturday Afternoon Crash

April 21, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on West Broad Street in Smithville.

Trooper Shannon Brinkley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Matthew Sullivan was driving a 2000 GMC Sierra east on Highway 70 when he rear ended an eastbound 1991 Chevy S-10 driven by Jackie Lee of 310 Mount View Drive Sparta. 58 year old Johnny McGill of Sparta was a passenger of the Lee vehicle.

According to Trooper Brinkley, upon impact, Lee's truck veered off the right shoulder of the road, went down an embankment, and into a ditch. The vehicle came to rest on it's side and partially ejected McGill.

Meanwhile, Sullivan's vehicle veered across the west bound lanes, went across a field and parking lot, and struck a brick column on the front of a vacant office building, owned by James Ed Rice, damaging the column and overhang of the building.

Trooper Brinkley says Sullivan and McGill were transported to DeKalb Community Hospital but Sullivan refused treatment and left on his own.

Lee was airlifted from the crash scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga with serious injuries.

Charges may be filed pending further investigation.

Trooper Brinkley was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and members of the Smithville Police Department and Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and Extrication Team.

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