Three Injured In Separate Weekend Wrecks

August 23, 2007
Dwayne Page

A 19 year old man was airlifted after a one auto traffic accident early Sunday morning on Highway 70 near Alexandria.

Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Brandon Likens of 3982 McMinnville Highway, Smithville was traveling east on U.S. 70 in a 2000 Pontiac Montana Minivan around 3:00 a.m. Sunday when he went off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected, and then went back across the westbound lane and off the left shoulder. Trooper Jennings says Likens overcorrected again and spun around facing west. The vehicle slid back across the east bound lane, went off the shoulder, and struck a tree.

He was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital.

Trooper Jennings says Likens may have fallen asleep while driving, causing the crash.

Others responding included DeKalb EMS, the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and the DeKalb County Fire Department's Extrication Team.

Meanwhile, two Hickman teenagers, a brother and sister, were seriously injured in a one vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on State Route 264 (Temperance Hall Road), just two miles outside of DeKalb County in Smith County.

Trooper Jennings says the 17 year old girl, of Hackett Valley Road Hickman, was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon north when she went off the steep right shoulder of the road and struck a tree. The girl and her 15 year old brother were pinned in the vehicle for a long period of time and had to be extricated. The boy reportedly lost his right leg due to the accident.

The two were flown from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Trooper Jennings declined to release the names of the teens because they are juveniles.

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