Two Escape Serious Injury in Bizarre Accident

April 21, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Two Escape Serious Injury in Bizarre Accident
Car ran off West Broad Street (Highway 70) and into a creek under a bridge at Anthony Avenue.

Two people from Rutherford County escaped serious injury Sunday when their car ran off West Broad Street (Highway 70) in Smithville and into a creek under a bridge at Anthony Avenue.

44 year old Christal Cantrell of Murfreesboro and 36 year old Matthew Phillips of Smyrna were treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS but refused transport to the hospital.

According to Captain Steven Leffew of the Smithville Police Department, Cantrell was driving east on Broad Street in a 2013 Ford Mustang when she lost control of the car, plunged down an embankment, clipped a guide wire, and then went into the creek and under a bridge on Anthony Avenue.

Cantrell told police that she and Phillips, the passenger of the car had been arguing which may have contributed to the accident. She submitted to and passed field sobriety tasks. Cantrell was cited for violation of the financial responsibility law.

Captain Leffew expressed his appreciation to members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department who came to the scene to render assistance along with the sheriff's department, who answered service calls for the police department during the crash investigation.

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