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Two wrecks on Tom Austin Hwy had emergency crews hopping Thursday evening. The first call (involving two vehicles) came at 9:22PM and seemed to evolve over the radio to more and more patients. By the time it was over a total of five were transported to various hospitals.
In the first wreck, one patient with possible internal injuries and was taken via ground to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, two others were taken to St Thomas Baptist Hospital and one was sent to NorthCrest in Springfield, according to White House Volunteer Fire Chief Gerald Wakefield. One person had a broken arm. There were no life threatening injuries reported. There was positive air-bag deployment in both vehicles. We don’t know if they were wearing seatbelts.
The THP is still investigating the accident but it appeared that the two vehicles collided in the intersection of Tom Austin and Mt Zion in front of the Douglas BP.
Then, just as crews were finishing up, a second call came in about another wreck, the dispatcher said “Tom Austin and West County Farm RD“….. and all at once firefighters turned their heads towards Tom Austin Hwy. One firefighter said “That’s just up the road” . Within seconds they were on the move again. The second wreck (which was 1.1 miles from the first wreck) involved one individual, a male who looked to be in his 30’s.
The driver was unconscious as emergency crews arrived and then momentarily stopped breathing, according to Chief Wakefield who also responded to this call. He was slated to be LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville but due to fog went by ground. There was positive airbag deployment.
The THP is still investigating this accident as well but it was clear that the vehicle had turned sharply to the right and impacted the guardrail head on. It was not clear if the driver had lost consciousness before the wreck or because of it, according to Lt. Mike Bauer of the White House Fire Department.
Smokey will try to get updates on the five people hospitalized as soon as possible.
(See UPDATES BELOW)
Jim Ball reporting
UPDATES: 7:00AM Friday August 23
The gentleman in the second wreck was Adam Duffer of Springfield and he is doing much better this morning and according to his mother in law Stephanie Benefield, he is expected to be released from the hospital some time this morning.
The passenger (a female) taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt from the 1st wreck with possible internal injuries will be OK although still hospitalized, according to a family member. She is a minor, so her name will not be released. All four occupants in the 1st wreck were restrained with seatbelts according to a family member.
The passenger taken to NorthCrest (a female) was also a minor, so no name will be released but she was released from the hospital with a broken arm.
UPDATE: Info from THP police report on first wreck:
A 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser containing Daniel Sparkman 27 and Ashley Sparkman 26 both from Springfield were traveling northbound on Hwy 431. A 2006 Saturn SUV containing two under age minors were traveling westbound on Hwy 257. The driver of the Saturn failed to stop at a red traffic light and failed to yield the right of way to the Chrysler. The driver of the Saturn entered into the intersection directly in front of the Chrysler. Daniel was unable to avoid the collision and thus collided with the Saturn in the driver’s side door area. All occupants were wearing safetybelts, according to the THP Police report. The report also said the driver of the Saturn will not be facing any charges.
THP Police report information for wreck Two:
Crash description: Preliminary information is that the 1997 Buick Lasabre was traveling southbound on Hwy 431. The driver drifted off the roadway and struck the guardrail where it came to rest, according to the THP Police report. The report also says the driver Adam Duffer was wearing his safety-belt, however Russell Gupton Asst. Chief EMS and two firefighters indicated that he was unrestrained when they arrived. A passer by that first arrived on scene and called 911 may have removed the belt.
Jim Ball reporting