Several people were taken to the hospital last week after being involved in some scary car crashes on local roadways.
On August 2, at 5:20 a.m., 18-year-old Chrystyan Tate, and a 17-year-old passenger, were traveling south on Big Rock Road, south of Pine Creek Falls Road, in a 2014 Hyundai Elantra.
According to officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tate attempted to negotiate a curve to the right when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and collided with a fence and a small plastic DTC pole. The car then came to final rest, off the left side of the roadway, facing north.
Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff Department and units with the DeKalb Fire Department, responded to the scene, along with THP and DeKalb EMS.
Tate was injured and taken to the hospital by DeKalb EMS, while the 17-year-old passenger was not injured. Both were reportedly wearing their seatbelts.
The following day, at 12:49 p.m., authorities worked the scene of another crash, this time on the western end of the county.
THP officials say 28-year-old Tamara Stockton, and a five-year-old passenger, were traveling southbound on Highway 53 (Brush Creek Road) in a 2008 Toyota Highlander on rain slick roads. At the same time, 51-year-old Paul D. Lamotte of Missouri was traveling westbound on Highway 70 in a Chevrolet Duramax 2500HD truck pulling a car trailer with a truck on board.
Authorities say that at the intersection of Highway 70 and Highway 53, Stockton’s vehicle failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection and pulled onto Highway 70 into the path of Lamotte’s truck. The truck T-boned the Highlander, then both vehicles left the roadway, coming to final rest on an earth embankment in front of a home.
Stockton and her passenger were both injured in the crash while Lamotte was uninjured. All were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, with the five-year-old in a booster seat. Lamotte was cited for improper vehicle registration after the investigation.
Authorities also worked a one-car crash on Highway 70 near Sligo Bridge.
THP officials say that at 10:11 a.m., 21-year-old Grace K. Moore was traveling east on Highway 70 in 2011 Chevrolet Cruz when she attempted to negotiate a right curve during wet conditions. The car went into a yard and over corrected, traveled off the roadside over an earthen embankment and struck a rock embankment.
Moore was injured in the crash. No charges were issued.