Three airlifted after head-on crash

February 20, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

A woman and two young boys were airlifted Saturday after a head-on crash on Highway 70 east of Sligo

According to Trooper Brent Collier of the Tennessee Highway Patrol 60 year old John Whelan of Smithville was traveling west in a Hyundai Sonata when he crossed into the path of an eastbound Kia Soul driven by 26 year old Mackenzie Baker of Spencer. Two boys, ages 12 and 10, were backseat passengers of her vehicle.

Baker and the two boys were airlifted by separate helicopters to Vanderbilt Hospital. Whelan was not injured.

Trooper Collier was assisted at the scene by THP Lieutenant Billy Prater. DeKalb EMS, Sheriff’s Department, and the DeKalb Fire Department also responded.