“It was a red, white and blue wreck,” observed an onlooker, of the three-vehicle accident that injured two people Thursday night, including a female Macon County Deputy. The accident occurred at about 9 pm Thursday and shut down the Hwy 10 hill for two hours.
Hannah Borders of Westmoreland, age 19, was driving a red 2007 Chevy Cobalt north on Hwy 10 when the accident occurred. She had one passenger in the car: 19-year-old Brook Madison, also of Westmoreland.
In the meantime, two vehicles were driving south down the Hwy 10 hill. The first was a white Dodge charger driven by Macon County Deputy Ashley Tharp, age 26, who was on duty and responding to a call. Behind her was a blue Dodge pickup driven by Karissa Hesson, age 26.
“So those two vehicles are traveling south going off the hill, and the red Cobalt was traveling north to get up the hill,” said Trooper Ed Crouch, who investigated the crash. “The Cobalt lost control and skidded around, completely around, so now it’s traveling backwards. It travels over, backwards, into the lane of the deputy, and strikes her… in a rear-end to front-end head-on, if you will.
“So when they strike, the young lady in the blue Dakota can’t stop in time behind the deputy, so she more or less goes to the left and sideswipes the deputy’s car and strikes the red car. She wasn’t going very fast, but it was fast enough to kind of separate the white and red cars.”
Two were injured, but none of injuries were life threatening, Crouch said. The two young women in the red Cobalt were transported to Macon County General Hospital for observation, and Ms. Hesson was transported there as well. Deputy Tharp, who suffered a broken ankle, was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center. All were transported by Macon County EMS ambulance.