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Accident on I-155 severely injures driver, alcohol and speeding factors in crash

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Doug Roberson walks toward an ambulance at the scene of the accident on I-155, as the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter comes in for a landing. The driver of the 1999 Saab (far right under sign) had to be airlifted to the Med in Memphis.
An automobile accident in the eastbound lane of Interstate 155 occurred around 2 p.m. on Friday, in which one victim was severely injured and had to be airlifted to the Med in Memphis.

The wreck happened close to the Tennessee Welcome Center where construction work required vehicles to get into the single inside lane. The driver of a 1999 Saab 93 was said to have passed numerous vehicles in the outside lane at a high rate of speed. When he tried to get back into the flow of traffic he ran into the back of an 18-wheeler, which was hauling heavy machinery.

The car came to rest about 50 yards from the exit ramp to the welcome center.

First responders, state troopers, sheriff's deputy's and TDOT workers were on the scene to treat the injured driver and control the flow of traffic.

The 1999 Saab 93 was totaled and the driver severely injured after running into the back of an 18-wheeler on I-155. Speeding and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.
The driver, a 47-year-old white male from Newbern, had to be airlifted to the Med in Memphis. There were no other reported injuries and the driver of the Saab was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper John Vaughn is investigating the crash and said the driver's speeding and possibly alcohol contributed to the crash.

"Speed is definitely a factor," said Vaughn.

Alcohol containers could be seen strewn around the wrecked vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation and charges have not yet been filed.

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Once again, The State Gazette failed to print any names. That is one reason I gave up my subscription to the paper. And, I see no news of Pete Parker`s outcome. What happened?

-- Posted by The Riverman on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:57 PM

Maybe they wanted to let family members know first so they wouldn't have to read about it in the paper.

-- Posted by Hazy on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:51 PM

If alcohol and speed were involved, it is sad that this driver included those two dangerous elements into his driving. However, thank God no innocent persons were involved and injured. So often, irresponsible drivers hurt and/or injure someone innocent.

-- Posted by Mister-D on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:08 PM

U serious the stategazette probably got a nice AD subscription from good ole Pete Parker not to cover the story. Besides everyone knows they only cover stories that involve poor folks. You won't see in-depth reporting on white collar crimes here...yellow journalism.

-- Posted by win2kadm on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 10:09 AM

They don't have to withhold the name of the injured party in an accident that is only for death notices. Real newspapers do it all the time, even tv stations can report the name of an accident victim. The cell phone network the way it is I know about things that happen in Dyer county before the State Gazette does and I'm in Little Rock, Ark.

-- Posted by tdub on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 3:11 PM

hazy---i doubt realatives would read about it in the state gazette. they are loosing subscribers daily & they can't give away want ads(the ones they give away free are run for a month without changes)--this paper is such a laugh. lazy reporters, lazy staff, lazy editors, lazy publisher---what a waste!

think the best thing to do is subscribe to the jackson sun...we should notify the sun that we want a stringer in town!

-- Posted by closerlook on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 8:26 PM

You idiots think about one thing on the name being witheld. Do you think maybe that the person was very seriously injured and could have died that day or soon thereafter? The paper did exactly what it should have done in not printing his name. That's professionalism and ethical all rolled into one. It's law enforcement's place to give death notices, not the newspaper's. Now if they want to do a follow up should this person survive and give a status of how they are doing in the coming days, that would be appropriate. Geez you people.

-- Posted by youknowimright on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 1:12 PM

youknowimright, you must work or have relatives who work at the state gazette. And, I would be very careful who I call an idiot. Some people might take offence to it.

-- Posted by The Riverman on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 5:33 PM

I for one am glad to have the State Gazette. So many smaller towns no longer have a newspaper. We are lucky to have it. Maybe it isn't as well done as a big city paper but the ad rates are a lot cheaper. I for one am glad we can get local news.

They are not perfect but who is? I suggest those who think it is so bad to either start their own paper or don't read the SG.

-- Posted by TNGG on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 6:20 PM

That is precisely the problem there will be no follow up on this story. State Gazette rarely does follow up stories, they will run some other bs story no one cares about.

-- Posted by tdub on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 6:36 PM

The Riverman - I call a spade a spade. Folks who get on here and spout off about things they have no clue about, well, that to me is an idiot defined. Not trying to offend. I'm just calling 'em like I see 'em. The paper was RIGHT in not printing the name.

-- Posted by youknowimright on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 7:34 PM

The drunk speeder lived as a fool and he will die as a fool. One less dangerous driver on the highway.

-- Posted by Ben Wilson on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 11:43 AM

Come on people. He has a daughter and a wife who doesn't need to read this right now. Its not ur place tp judge anyone..only god can judge.. pray.....

-- Posted by allie on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 4:18 PM

Seriously how are you going to say you wish that this person died....he was in the wrong that is for sure but to wish someone dead puts you in the wrong and 2 wrongs dont make a righty. This person has family that reads these posts, dont you think that they are hurt enough! I hate small town gossip and that seems all Dyersburg is anymore! Get a life people! This family needs prayers and support not negativity!

-- Posted by dramafree on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 4:21 PM

jaydwain.....You must like something about this paper. Everyone here can see that you read it. Remember the old saying, The pot calling the kettle black. WELL........... I will be praying for the victim and his family.

-- Posted by Hazy on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 12:04 AM

I see several ppl saying that a drunk driver is better off dead. Let's just pray for this family and hope this man makes it throu this he has a long road ahead of him AFTER recovery. And I prettysure he will pay for his crimes. And he is lucky no body else was hurt and the family is very thankful for that!!!!

-- Posted by dramafree on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 3:06 PM

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