For the third time in as many weeks, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, Lafayette Police Department, County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department first responders and rescue squad, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported to the scene of a vehicle off the road, on S.R. 10.
Once again, rescuers used ropes and pulleys to rappel down the steep embankment and bring up the driver and passenger, on a medical sled.
Traveling north on S.R. 10, Brummitt lost control of her vehicle, coming out of a curve, on the wet road. No other vehicles were involved. The driver was charged with failure to use due care and violation of the seat belt law, according to the THP report.
Less than a week earlier, on October 27, at approximately the same time of day, under the same weather conditions, and very near the same location as this week's wreck, Deborah K. Latham, of Lafayette, lost control of her Chrysler and went off the road.
On October 19, Fairlyn Stinson, of Lafayette, lost control of her GMC Safari and went off the road, only about an hour later in the afternoon than when the two subsequent wrecks happened, near the same location, and in the rain,
Spinning out of control in a vehicle, sailing off the road, and landing nose down, or upside down, in a tree filled ravine might sound like a recipe for traumatic injury, or even fatality; but, miraculously, none of the drivers or passengers involved in the three recent S.R. 10, Lafayette Hill, wrecks were reported to be critically injured, or killed.
Highway 10 is a state road, ...
..and not under control of the county; but when contacted by phone, Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville said he would look into the situation to determine what, if any, options might exist for drawing state attention to safety conditions on the dangerous Lafayette Hill.
While warning signs and guardrails might contribute to increased safety, nothing takes the place of caution and due care when driving on winding roads in the rain.