Man Airlifted After Sunday Crash on South Congress Boulevard

March 3, 2013
Dwayne Page
Man Airlifted After Sunday Crash (Photo by Ken Underhill)

A 36 year old McMinnville man was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital after a two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on South Congress Boulevard in front of Jewel's Market.

Central dispatch received the call at 3:11 p.m.

Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE that 39 year old Carol Ann Tipton of McMinnville was driving south in a 1999 Chevy Cavalier when she turned left into the path of a northbound Jeep Cherokee, driven by 19 year old Jason Michael Petre of McMinnville. Tipton was attempting to pull into the parking lot of Jewel's Market. The impact forced Tipton's car into a wooden fence by the highway.

A passenger of Tipton's car, 36 year old Christopher Daniel Gibbs of McMinnville, was trapped and had to be extricated by members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department. A Life Force helicopter ambulance landed in the highway near the scene to airlift Gibbs.

Petre was not injured but Tipton was taken by DeKalb EMS to the hospital.

According to Corporal Bryant, Tipton was cited for improper turn and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance)

Corporal Bryant was assisted at the scene by Captain Steven Leffew of the Smithville Police Department and Constable Johnny King.

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