Lives saved by quick thinking officers

Lives saved by quick thinking officers
The quick actions by a local highway patrolman and off-duty sheriff’s deputy managed to save lives at the scene of a fiery automobile accident on Highway 54 Friday afternoon. Documentation from Tennessee State Trooper Andy Forsythe cites a two-vehicle crash near the edge of Weakley County that afternoon sent several people to the hospital when a van carrying six people caught fire after the collision. Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Eddings was off-duty that day when he came upon the head-on crash on Highway 54. Forsythe and Eddings worked to free passengers from a van driven by Rubener Teague of Puryear. The report states one passenger was pulled through the front windshield of the van; the driver was pulled through the driver’s side window of the van and another passenger was pulled through the back window of the van as the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The Weakley County Rescue Squad freed James Mitchell Davis of South Fulton, the driver of the second vehicle involved in the collision from his car. Three of the van’s passengers, including its driver, suffered from critical injuries and had to be airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville from the scene. The three remaining passengers were transported to Henry County Medical Center in Paris where they were listed in stable condition. Davis was also flown from the accident to Vanderbilt Hospital. Forsythe’s report cites the accident occurred in a “head-on fashion, with very little, if any, braking or evasive action involved.” As of press time, it was unknown if the accident was drug or alcohol related. The fiery crash is still under investigation. Multiple emergency agencies responding to the scene included the Weakley and Henry county sheriff’s departments, the Weakley County Rescue Squad, the Gleason Police Department, Como-Ore Springs Volunteer Fire Department and EMS workers from both counties.

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