The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that occurred on Friday on Highway 78 that injured 10 people, requiring one to be airlifted to the Med in Memphis.
The accident occurred around 6 p.m. just north of the bridge going into Bogota and involved three vehicles. THP Trooper Brian Pulley said the driver of a Ford Focus was headed northbound and attempted to pass some school buses when it struck an oncoming car and reflected off another.
The Ford Focus was driven by Chester Pilgrim, age unknown, Sunny Valley Apartment, Ridgely. He was carrying four other passengers, including a 1-year-old child.
Pulley said the accident was not a head-on collision because one of the passengers grabbed the steering wheel at the last second and was able to turn it. The Ford Focus struck a southbound Dodge Intrepid on the front driver's side, which had four occupants inside it. It then hit another Toyota Camry before going off the road and ejecting Pilgrim from the vehicle. The driver of the Toyota Camry was the only occupant of that vehicle.
Inside the vehicle with Pilgrim were Jeremy Eugene Scott, 22, 500 Riley Road, Ridgely; a 17-year-old female from Ridgely; a 10-year-old child and a 1-year-old child. The 1-year-old was in a car seat at the time of the accident.
Pulley said Scott is the one who was able to turn the steering wheel before the crash.
The driver of the Dodge Intrepid was a 17-year-old female from Ridgely. Her passengers were Jerry Wayne Cole, 22, 766 St. Rt. 79, Ridgley; Dillon Wayne Kolwyck, 18, 519 Bishop St., Ridgely and Desarea Nicole, 24, 766 St. Rt. 79, Ridgley.
The driver of the Camry was Sharon Roberson Banks, 53, 915 McBride, Tiptonville.
All of the people inside the vehicles were taken to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center for treatment, with the exception of Pilgrim who was airlifted to the Med in Memphis.
Pulley said the accident is under investigation and charges are pending against Pilgrim for the cause of the accident. The victims' condition is not known at this time.