MAKE FOR BUSY THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Motorists traveling to and from Lafayette using Hwy. 10-south Thursday afternoon, October 19, experienced inconvenience and delay as one wreck half way down the Lafayette hill was soon followed by a four-car pileup at the foot of the busy North-South highway.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m. a 1995 GMC Safari driven by Fairlyn Stinson, Lafayette, went out of control on a rain slick uphill curve, went off the roadway and slid down a steep embankment before coming to a rest on its wheels. Ms. Stinson and her nephew, a juvenile, were transported to Macon County General Hospital by the county Ambulance Service, after LFD firefighters rappelled down the embankment to bring the two up onto higher ground.
Neither Ms. Stinson or her nephew were thought to be seriously injured in the mishap.
Before the first wreck could be cleared, a second incident occurred at the foot of the Lafayette Hill on Hwy. 10-south involving four vehicles in what is thought to have been a chain reaction rear-end collision involving a red Ford Explorer, which first reports said left the scene of the accident with front end damage.
The official THP report of this accident was not immediately available, but no serious injuries were through to have resulted from the four-vehicle accident, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m.
AN UNOCCUPIED TRAILER burned that same evening, and at about the same time as the first two wrecks, and a third personal injury accident occurred on the west end of the county, also at about the same time.
The mobile home, one of two rental units owned by Jose Riz, 1400 Boyd Road, Lafayette, was a total loss, having been partially engulfed in flames when the fire call was received at 5 p.m. The owner valiantly fought the trailer fire himself using a garden hose connected to a yard hydrant, until a tanker and pumper units from RBS arrived.
The Red Boiling Springs Fire Department sent several units to the blaze, but the 720 sq. ft. single-wide trailer was deemed a total loss.
The Westside accident, also on rain-slick roads and at about the same time as the other rash of incidents occurred on the Siloam Church Road near the Tabernacle, and involved an unidentified individual thought to be from Texas. The driver's Ford pickup went out of control and overturned onto its roof before coming to a rest in the roadway.
A more detailed report of these accidents and photographs of two of the three accidents and the mobile home fire will appear in next week's paper.