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Accidents leave several injured; charges filed

Accidents leave several injured; charges filed
Injuries were reported in two separate traffic crashes Friday afternoon in Union City.
A two-vehicle accident just before 4 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Main Street, south of Brevard Road, resulted in two people being airlifted to area hospitals for treatment.
Eddie Dewayne Cox, 43, of 1209 Magnolia St., Hickman, Ky., was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain right side of the roadway in connection with the crash, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Police reported Cox was northbound on West Main Street when his 2000 Ford passenger car ran off the right side of the road, hitting a mailbox, and then came back onto the road — where he lost control, crossed the center yellow line into the opposite lane and entered the path of a 2002 Ford pickup driven by George Evans, 52, of 4007 Clifford Rives Road, Union City, who was southbound on West Main Street.
Evans’ pickup struck Cox’s car in the passenger side right door and front fender. The collision caused damage to the entire side of the car, as well as the front and driver’s side of the truck, according to the report.
The car then slid around and the truck rolled onto its passenger side off the road in a field, but it did not roll all the way over.
Evans and Cox’s front-seat passenger, Alice Warren, 35, also of 1209 Magnolia St., Hickman, were airlifted to area hospitals due to possible head injuries, police reported. Cox was transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, where he was treated and released.
No injuries were reported to two children, ages 10 and 6, who were also passengers in Cox’s vehicle.
In a related police report, one of the children told police that Cox and her mother, Ms. Warren, were arguing when Ms. Warren either pushed Cox or grabbed the car’s steering wheel, causing them to run off the road. Cox was later arrested for the DUI charge and Ms. Warren was unavailable due to being airlifted to an area hospital.
Police said due to Cox’s allegedly being intoxicated, it was unclear at the time of the report whether Ms. Warren had assaulted Cox, possibly resulting in the wreck, or whether she was attempting to get the car back on the road after he lost control, according to the report.
Rescue vehicle hit
In a separate crash earlier Friday, one driver and one passenger were injured after a car collided with an Obion County Rescue Squad vehicle running emergency traffic.
The two-vehicle accident occurred about 1 p.m. Friday on Old Troy Road near West Reelfoot Avenue in Union City.
According to a Union City Police Department report, Alice Rogena Johnson, 61, of 508 North Clover St., Union City, was westbound on Old Troy Road and was going to make a left turn into the rear entrance/exit of Dollar Tree when the crash occurred. She told police she had her left turn signal on and was making a left turn — which was when she heard the emergency siren of the rescue squad’s 2004 Chevrolet, driven by Micheal S. McDaniel, 36, of 1109 East Main St., Union City.
It apparently was too late to avoid the collision and the right side front of the rescue squad vehicle hit Ms. Johnson’s car in its left side, causing damage, police reported.
Police said it appeared the impact caused both vehicles to come together and both vehicles traveled into the drive and up over the curb, with both coming to final rest on the grass.
McDaniel told police he was westbound on Old Troy Road, running both audible and visual emergency equipment, and was coming up behind Ms. Johnson’s car. He said it looked like the car was slowing, yielding to him, so he proceeded to go into the eastbound lanes to pass the car, which is when the car allegedly turned in front of him and the vehicles collided.
According to the report, McDaniel told police he did not see any turn signal from the car and two witnesses told police that the car did not have a turn signal on. McDaniel reportedly was running emergency equipment prior to coming up on the car.
Ms. Johnson’s passenger, Martha Ann Miller, 65, of 710 East Gibbs St., Union City, was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for treatment. McDaniel was taken by private vehicle to the hospital.
Ms. Johnson was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, according to the report. Published in The Messenger 10.10.11

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