Tuesday Wreck Victim Remains In Trauma Unit of Vanderbilt Hospital

June 22, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

One man, involved in a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Highway 70 near Liberty, remained in the trauma unit of Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville Friday afternoon.

Trooper Keith Maddox of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 33 year old Carlos Garcia of Dowelltown and 53 year old Temy Miller of Ypsilanti, Michigan were both seriously injured in the wreck and were airlifted from the scene by Life Flight Helicopter ambulances and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Trooper Maddox says he spoke with Garcia's wife Friday afternoon, who told him that Garcia was still in the trauma unit of the hospital. However, Maddox says he was unable to get a report on the condition of Miller.

The accident occurred Tuesday morning at around 5:10 a.m. on Highway 70 near the nine mile marker between Liberty and Dowelltown.

Trooper Maddox says Garcia was driving west in a 1998 Buick Skylark when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck Miller's 2006 Dodge Sprinter delivery truck head-on. Miller was hauling exhaust pipe enroute to Tenneco in Smithville.

Both Miller and Garcia were trapped in their vehicles after the crash and had to be extricated by members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department's rescue team. The Liberty Station of the County Fire Department was also on the scene along with DeKalb EMS and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Trooper Maddox says alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and charges are pending.

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