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Tuesday Crash Claims Local Man

July 23, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

A local man lost his life in a two vehicle crash Tuesday on Highway 70 east.

Dead is 32 year old Brandon Hutchings.

According to Trooper Jonathan Burke of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Hutchings was traveling west on Highway 70 in a 2008 Chevy HHR when he crossed into the path of an eastbound 2004 Ford Ranger driven by 28 year old Lauren Pavone of Smithville. The crash forced the Ford Ranger to roll over on its side and the Chevy HHR came to rest off the highway.

Hutchings was transported by DeKalb EMS to a helicopter landing zone at the Midway Fire Station and was airlifted from there to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he died.

Pavone was taken by EMS to Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Chevy Blazer Plunges Off Bridge Embankment into Creek Bed

July 23, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

A 29 year old man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when his 1999 Chevy Blazer plunged off a bridge embankment and crashed into a creek bed on Dry Creek Road near the Highway 70 (West Broad Street intersection.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Rickey Hall of Smithville was north on Dry Creek Road approaching the West Broad intersection when the Chevy Blazer went off the road to the right, over the embankment at the bridge, and into the creek bed before crashing into a concrete retaining wall.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and extrication and rescue team helped Hall from the vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. The Smithville Police Department was also on the crash scene to assist.

Motorcycle Operator Injured in Crash with Van

July 23, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

A 56 year old Huntingdon man was seriously hurt Tuesday evening when his motorcycle crashed into a van on Bright Hill Road.

Charles Corforth was riding a 1980 Harley Davidson when he crossed into the path of a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by 35 year old Ashley Williams of Smithville.

Corforth was transported to the hospital by EMS. He was charged with failure to maintain lane of travel, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance) and operating a motorcycle without a license. Williams was cited for driving on a suspended license.

The crash was investigated by Trooper Jonathan Burke of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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