One Airlifted After Pickup Truck Crash

August 15, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Two people were involved in a pickup truck crash around 3:34 a.m. Friday morning on Highway 70 just east of Sligo Bridge.

19 year old Joshua Dillehay of Carthage was driving west in a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck when he apparently lost control, went off the highway, and struck a rock bluff. Dillehay got out of the truck with only minor injuries. However his 21 year old female passenger, Kendra Hillis of McMinnville was trapped in the truck. Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene for extrication. The woman was airlifted from the scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga with serious injuries.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Jeremy Wilhite of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Others on the scene were DeKalb EMS , the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and the Midway Station of the DeKalb County Fire Department. The Johnson's Chapel Station of the Fire Department set up the helicopter landing zone.

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