THP responds to 2-vehicle accident on Hwy. 78

Friday, August 11, 2017
Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, THP responded to a 2-vehicle accident involving a commercial semi truck, driven by Michael Ray Harbin of Obion, Tenn. as well as a 2007 Ford Taurus, driven by Charles Campbell of Tiptonville, Tenn. The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 78 and Palmer Subdivision Road. Harbin was cited with following too closely and was issued a seatbelt violation.
State Gazette photo/ Brandon Hutcheson

BRANDON HUTCHESON

bhutcheson@stategazette.com

On Friday afternoon, just shortly before 3 p.m., members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 78 and Palmer Subdivision Road, just north of Dyersburg. The vehicles involved were a commercial semi truck owned by ECM Express of Ridgely, Tenn. and driven by Michael Ray Harbin of Obion, Tenn. as well as a 2007 Ford Taurus driven by Charles Campbell of Tiptonville, Tenn.

According to Trooper Tony Freeze of the THP, Mr. Campbell and his wife (passenger) were taken to Tennova-Dyersburg via EMS for injuries. Mrs. Campbell was taken via helicopter to a trauma center in Missouri. Currently, their condition and extent of injuries are unknown.
State Gazette photo/ Brandon Hutcheson

According to THP Trooper Tony Freeze, the semi, driven by Harbin, was travelling southbound on Hwy. 78. A vehicle in front of the semi was turning left onto Palmer Subdivision Rd. Harbin hit the brakes, but due to following too closely, could not stop, causing the semi to jackknife, and cross over into the northbound lane of Hwy. 78. The Ford Taurus, while travelling northbound, driven by Campbell and also occupied by his wife, then struck the semi.

Trooper Freeze mentioned that both Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were taken to Tennova-Dyersburg via EMS due to injuries. Mrs. Campbell was then taken via helicopter to a trauma center in Missouri. Their conditions and extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.

Harbin was cited with following too closely and also was issued a seatbelt violation.

A crew from Lowery’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service puts down oil dry along the accident site where diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway. As of 5 p.m. Friday evening, clean up was still ongoing.
State Gazette photo/ Brandon Hutcheson

“This accident was a result of [the semi] following too closely, and road conditions were also a factor,” stated Trooper Freeze.

Traffic was slightly delayed; however a joint effort between THP, Dyer County Sheriff’s Office, and Dyersburg Police Department detoured traffic using Millsfield Highway and Fuller Road to bypass the accident site.

Trooper Grant Montgomery added, “This is a great coordinated effort by the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office, Dyersburg Police Department, and THP. Also, the EMS workers were awesome.”

Also on the scene were Dyersburg Fire Department and Millsfield Fire Department.

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