Within a span of less than three hours on Sunday, May 8th, law enforcement and medical personnel in Macon County were kept busy as they responded to three different accidents on Mother’s Day, which sent one driver to Macon County General Hospital while a Westmoreland woman, was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she remains this week in the Trauma Unit.
Fifty-seven-year-old Linda Brawner, of Scottsville, Kentucky, who was behind the wheel of a white Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV, was traveling northbound on Highway 10 North, when she veered off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned, then struck another tree overturning again, before coming to rest on the passenger’s side.
According to the investigating officer, THP Trooper Terry Seay, Brawner, who only suffered minor injuries, was extricated through the windshield, after a possible medical condition contributed to the accident. She was transported to Macon County General Hospital, where she remained on Monday.
Hicks Hollow Road, just off Highway 141, was the scene of a rather bizarre incident also on Sunday afternoon, when 27-year-old Cindy Russell, of Westmoreland, parked her vehicle on a hill after she ran out of gas. Unfortunately, she left the van in neutral and it ran over part of her upper body as she was walking. Macon County EMS transported her to the Frito Lay parking lot and an Air Evac helicopter airlifted her to Vanderbilt. When contacted on Monday afternoon, May 9th, Vanderbilt spokesperson, Ashley Culver, stated that Russell was listed in stable condition, however she was still in the Trauma Unit. Trooper Terry Seay, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, was the investigating officer.
Another accident occurred on Leath Branch Road, when Jeremy Carter, age 21, lost control of the GMC truck he was driving, left the roadway and flipped over into a creek in west Macon County, close to the Sumner County line. Luckily no one was injured, but the Westmoreland Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, as emergency personnel realized gas was leaking into the creek, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Donnie Crawford, of the Macon County Sheriffs Department
First responders that day included the Macon County Sheriffs Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department and the Macon County Chronicle.