Officials Respond To Back-To-Back Rollover Crashes Saturday
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Within one hour Saturday morning Emergency crews were called to two rollover crashes in Springfield.
The first crash occurred on Tom Austin Hwy at 6:26am between South Main and William A. Batson Parkway. MAP Officials closed Tom Austin Hwy for about an hour while the crash was investigated and the vehicle removed from the road. Two male occupants were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.
Springfield Police said that both occupants were wearing their seat-belts which likely saved their lives.
The Springfield Police Accident Investigator told Smokey Barn News that the vehicle rolled several times. It was a violent crash, before coming to rest in the middle of the road. The rolling action of the crash broke their windows and sent their belongings, including cell phones, flying in all directions.
While at the scene, an alert official heard an iPhone alarm and the hunt was on for the phone. Officials were able to locate two phones on the shoulder of the road in the grass. One of the phones, an iPhone, was bent but still working. The other phone appeared to be undamaged. Both phones were returned to the occupants.
As far as a cause of the crash, the investigator said that drugs and/or alcohol did not appear to be factors, citing weather and speed as the likely cause.
The second rollover crash occurred an hour later on Hwy 76 near Clarity Rd. MAP The driver left the roadway and the vehicle rolled down an embankment landing on it’s roof. The driver, and only occupant, was not injured in the crash.
Hwy 76 was closed for a short time while the vehicle was removed from the scene. As far as a cause of the crash, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation but considering the heavy rains this morning, slick roads will likely be considered (at least) a factor in the crash.