Labor Day Crash Claims Two Lives, Injures Four Others

September 2, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Bryan Timothy Walker
Casaundra Rena Maple

Two from DeKalb County lost their lives and four others were injured in a two vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Warren County.

Dead are 22 year old Bryan Timothy Walker and 19 year old Casaundra R. Maple both of Smithville.

The accident occurred around 4:14 p.m. on Highway 56 at the intersection of Capshaw Road.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 20 year old Miranda L. Maple of Dowelltown was driving north on Highway 56 in a 1995 Nissan Maxima when she attempted to make a left turn onto Capshaw Road and turned into the path of a loaded southbound 1990 Dodge one ton roll back wrecker, driven by 59 year old Charles Larry Pack of McMinnville. After impact, both vehicles went off the highway, over an embankment and into an open field where they came to rest about 50 feet off the highway.

Both Bryan Walker and Casaundra Maple were passengers in the Nissan Maxima along with 15 year old Brittany Smith also from Smithville.

Miranda Maple was airlifted from the scene by a Life Flight helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital while Smith, who had to be cut from the wreckage by emergency workers, was airlifted by Life Force and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Walker and Casaundra Maple died at the scene

A 13 year old boy of McMinnville was a passenger of the Pack vehicle. Both Pack and the juvenile were injured and transported by EMS to River Park Hospital where they were treated and released.

The crash was investigated by Trooper Bruce Pryor and Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol along with the THP Critical Incident Response Team. The North Warren Fire Department and the Warren County EMS were also on the scene.

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