Smokey Barn News, October 15, 2013 Coopertown, Tenn. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)
Rollover accident around 5:45pm Tuesday evening on Hwy 49 near Flewellyn Rd in Coopertown (Exact location: http://goo.gl/maps/UVquh)
The vehicle was heading towards Springfield on Hwy 49. As the vehicle approached Flewellyn Rd the vehicle left the roadway and rolled at least 4 times. A witness told Smokey that the 10 year old boy was already out of the vehicle. The witness thought he may have been ejected. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)
According to several witnesses at the scene the vehicle contained a 17yr old male (driver), a 10 yr old boy and 15 yr old girl, all were taken to Vanderbilt. THP is investigating but at the moment the cause of the wreck is not known. iPhone/iPad users click on image below to play video.
UPDATE: Wednesday Oct 16, 7:00PM
The THP is still in the process of investigating the crash but preliminarily the Tennessee Highway Patrol is indicating that the 1997 Toyota Forerunner was traveling west on Highway 49 when the vehicle left the roadway and hit a driveway, a mailbox and then overturned multiple times before landing in a ditch. The report also indicated that the 17 year old driver and the 15 year old female were wearing their safety belts. The 10 year old boy however was not wearing his safety belt the report says.
All three occupants were taken via ground to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The 15 year old female was released from Vanderbilt the same day. The 10 year old boy was in surgery as of 8:19pm Wednesday according to a Vanderbilt hospital representative, that condition was later changed to “stable”.
As far as the condition of the 17 year old driver, the THP report did include the names of the two occupants but not the driver . Without a name, collecting information is more problematic but one source told Smokey that he was treated and released. The report also indicates that all three occupants were from Clarksville Tenn. It is Smokey’s general policy not to include the names of children/juveniles.
As far as a cause of the accident, the THP report indicates that the 17 year old driver fell asleep at the wheel. The report also indicated that the driver may be facing charges which is why his name was not included in the report: “Since possible charges are pending, juvenile court laws prohibit the release of juvenile offenders. ” according to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls
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