A three-vehicle accident on May 7 occurred on Hwy 52, which left the highway blocked off for seven hours while the highway crew worked to remove the debris.
Kaitlin Kirby, 18 of Old Highway 52, Lafayette was driving an 2003 Infinity heading east bound on Hwy 52 and for some unknown reason, crossed over the center line and hit a blue mini van head on.
The mini van, driven by Angela Lewis, 41 of Pleasant Shade was pushed to the right side of the road as the Infinity spun outwards. Traveling behind the mini van was Jerry Woodard, of Watertown driving a tractor-trailer full of scrap metal and two junk cars.
The tractor-trailer locked up when the head on collision occurred and then jack-knifed between the vehicles. The large truck over turned to its right side and skidded off the highway.
Kaitlin Kirby and Angela Lewis were airlifted to Vanderbilt hospital.
“Kaitlin is doing quite a bit better since the wreck,” Terry Kirby said. “She underwent two surgeries to reconstruct her hip and to stitch up her foot. The doctors said she will have to have quite a bit of therapy, but she will not be able to put any weight on her left side for a few months. However, they are hoping she will be able to walk across the graduation stage with crutches.”
Her 7th grade brother, Colton sustained minor cuts and a few bruises from his seat belt.
Angela Lewis had severe internal bleeding and underwent emergency surgery to remove her spleen.
“When she got to the hospital, within thirty minutes, they rushed her into surgery to removed her spleen that had been broken in half and crushed on the side,” her mother Brenda Waller said. “She had already lost 1 ½ liters of blood and we’re just thankful that it was not worse.”
Jerry Woodard was treated and released from MCGH with minor scrapes and bruises.