Thanksgiving Eve wreck on Leath Branch Road--
Ronald D. Little, of Benton Arkansas, was making a left turn from Highway 52 W, onto Leath Branch Road, at about 6:30 P.M. November 22, when the 1994 GMC Sierra he was driving went off the left side of the road and struck several trees, before coming to a rest facing west, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Seay.
Latrisha Walker, a passenger in the truck, was taken to Sumner Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries, but another passenger Dennis Wilson was not injured, according to the THP report. Walker's condition is unknown, at presstime.
The driver allegedly removed Walker from the truck, after the wreck, and the female passenger was lying on the ground, when EMS arrived, according to witnesses on the scene.
“The driver said the throttle stuck open, and he was looking under the hood when we arrived on the scene; but we have no way of telling for sure if, or why, the throttle would be stuck open,” Sheriff's Detective Bennie Hudgens explained.
Little was charged with making an improper turn, failure to exercise due care, and registration violation, according to THP Trooper Seay, who was assisted in the investigation by Trooper Donoho.
Thanksgiving Day wreck on Rocky Mound Road--
Rose Caldwell, 17, was injured shortly before 7:00 p.m., in the evening of Thanksgiving Day, November 23, when her vehicle ran off the Rocky Mound Road and crashed into a tree.
The young woman was traveling south on Rocky Mound Road, in a1996 Nissan Altima, when she met a vehicle headed north in the southbound lane. Ms Caldwell's Nissan swerved off the right side of the road, to avoid colliding with the other vehicle, then over corrected, crossed the road, went off the left side, and crashed into a tree, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Seay.
The Macon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Westside Fire Department and Rescue team responded to the scene.
Ms Caldwell, whom witnesses report appeared to have sustained injuries to her ankle, was transported by EMS to a landing zone on Highway 52 W. From there she was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition, according to a Vanderbilt spokesperson.
There were no accidents with fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend throughout the entire district, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cookville District.