Two sixteen year old girls were airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital after a three vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 56 south near the Mystik Market at Shiney Rock. Two others were also involved in the accident.
Central dispatch received the call at 2:11 p.m.
The names of the two girls were not released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol because they are juveniles. WJLE has learned that the girls are Taneah Cantrell and Keri Sanders.
Trooper Jeremy Wilhite of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 57 year old Kenneth Lattimore of Smithville, driving a white 2005 Nissan car north on Highway 56, had stopped to make a left turn onto Old Blue Springs Road. Behind him was a red Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, driven by 42 year old Christopher Barrett of Rock Island, which had also stopped. A black 2012 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 16 year old girl, traveling north, came up behind and struck the back of the pickup truck. According to Trooper Wilhite, the truck spun around and hit the Lattimore car in front of it. The car driven by the teenager, went off the right side of the road and came to a stop ahead of the other two vehicles.
Lattimore was not hurt but Barrett went by a private vehicle to DeKalb Community Hospital. The teen driver and her teenage passenger were taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where they were airlifted by a helicopter ambulance.
Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department's Blue Springs Station and extrication and rescue unit also responded.