Head-On Crash Monday Night Results in Fatality

November 29, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 63 year old Dowelltown woman has died from injuries she received in a head-on crash Monday night on West Broad Street near DeKalb County High School.

Dead is Wanda K. Harrison.

Lieutenant Randy Maynard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Harrison was in a 2009 Honda SUV traveling west when her vehicle veered left into a 1994 Chevy pick-up, driven by 55 year old Mary Jo Britt of Dowelltown.

According to Lieutenant Maynard, Britt was east on Highway 70 preparing to make a left turn into the high school parking lot. As she was starting to get into the turning lane, she saw the Honda SUV coming toward her. Britt steered to the right, back into the eastbound lane trying to avoid a collision but the Honda SUV hit her head-on.

Central dispatch received the call at 4:58 p.m.

Harrison was airlifted from the high school/middle school parking lot by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt hospital, where she died. Britt was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital.

Family members of Ms. Harrison claim she suffered from a medical condition, and Lieutenant Maynard said that may have contributed to the accident.

In addition to the THP, DeKalb EMS, and Life Force, members of the Smithville Police and Fire Departments, and DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.

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