Five people were injured in a Saturday afternoon crash at the intersection of U.S. 70 and State Highway 83 near Kilgore's Restaurant.
Central dispatch received the call at 5:41 p.m.
Lieutenant Randy Maynard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 48 year old Conrad Walker of Smithville, driving east on Highway 70 in a 1996 GMC pickup truck, was making a left turn onto Highway 83 when he crossed into the path of a westbound 2003 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by 19 year old Erica Hall Haselton of Franklin. Both vehicles were badly damaged in the wreck. The Pathfinder came to rest on its side off the highway near a fireworks tent.
Walker was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. His mother, 66 year old Nelda Frances Walker of Smithville, who was a passenger in the pickup, was airlifted from near the scene by a helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Haselton and passengers of her Pathfinder, 18 year old Erin Ashley Ford and Haselton's 15 year old brother, all of Franklin, were also injured. The boy was transported to DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb EMS while Haselton and Ford were taken there by a private vehicle.
Lieutenant Maynard said Walker was issued a citation for failure to yield and Haselton received a citation for having expired tags on her vehicle. He said all five persons were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and the air bags in both vehicles deployed upon impact.
Members of the Cookeville Highway Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, First Responder Charlie Parker, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.