A 42-year-old critically injured Macon County woman remains in Vanderbilt Hospital this week, following a Tuesday afternoon, November 30th, head on collision, eight miles outside of the Lafayette city limits on the Galen Road.According to THP Trooper Neil Ferguson, who was the investigating officer, Shirley Gordon, of Lafayette, was traveling northbound in a white 1992 Chevy S10 pickup truck along with two small children, when Jerman Rafeal Uribes, of Madison, Tennessee, crossed the center line in a southbound 1995 Mercury Villager Van and hit her head on with both vehicles remaining in the roadway.
“As emergency medical personnel began responding to the scene,” said Billy King, “we quickly assessed the situation and began removing the patients from the van including Ronald Alexander Gomez, age 33, Armando Lopez, age 44, Osmin Dinda, age 41, and German Uribes Jr., age 23, along with the driver, Jerman Uribes.”
After trimming off the door and the roof of the Chevy, the Lafayette firefighters were able to get the woman out of the vehicle but due to the rainy weather conditions Air Evac was grounded, therefore the ambulance personnel transported eight victims, which included the two small passengers in the pickup, to Macon County General Hospital, then transferred Ms. Gordon and the children to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Armando Lopez, was also transported to Vanderbilt later that night.
“Once again everyone worked well together,” King stated, “but this accident was one of the worse I’ve seen in recent months. Drivers need to slow down, pay attention and keep more distance between vehicles especially during the holiday season when the roads are more congested.”
Those responding to the scene included the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle. Several out-of-county ambulance units assisted in transporting the patients.
When contacted by telephone on Monday morning, December 6th, Vanderbilt spokesperson, Ashley Culver, stated that the two children, whose names I will not disclose, along with Armando Lopez have been discharged, but Shirley Gordon remains in critical but stable conditition.
Jerman Uribes was charged with driving left of the center line, according to Ferguson.