Woman Airlifted After Thursday Afternoon Crash, Two Men Charged

September 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Woman Airlifted After Thursday Afternoon Crash, Two Men Charged
Ford Taurus driven by Brenda Tramel
Chevy Impala driven by Zackary Nathaniel Hale

A Smithville woman was seriously injured in a two car crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 56 south near Whorton Springs Baptist Church.

Central dispatch received the call at 4:36 p.m.

71 year old Brenda Tramel was airlifted from near the scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital.

According to Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tramel was traveling south on Highway 56 in a maroon Ford Taurus when a northbound 2007 blue Chevy Impala, driven by 25 year old Zackary Nathaniel Hale, crossed into the path of Tramel's car making a near head-on impact.

Hale was charged with driving under the influence and vehicular assault and he was cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel, violation of the financial responsibility law, and a driver license violation.

A passenger with Hale, 26 year old Brandon Scott Kidd of Smithville, was charged with driving under the influence by allowance which means Kidd permitted Hale to drive the Kidd family car while impaired.

Neither Hale nor Kidd were seriously injured. They were both arrested at the scene and taken to the jail for booking.

In addition to Trooper Jennings, Sergeant Mark Dial of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was also on the scene along with DeKalb EMS and officers of the Sheriff's Department.

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