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Three Injured in Scary Crashes
Crash1 – Smithville authorities worked this crash on Highway 70 East where a truck drove into the back of a stopped semi.
Crash2 – Two people were injured last Thursday on Short Mountain Highway after a two-car collision ended with this vehicle striking a house then a tree.
Crash3 – The result of a two-car crash on rain-soaked roads in Smithville last Thursday evening.

Two people were injured during a two-vehicle crash on a rainy roadway in Smithville last week.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, on Thursday, November 9, a 2009 Nissan Altima driven by 20-year-old Dalton Allen Mathias was traveling north on SR 146 (Short Mountain Highway) in the right lane. At the same time, a 2017 Kia Sorento driven by 33-year-old Benjamin Jacob Franklin was traveling east on Gentry Avenue and had come to the stop sign at the intersection of SR 146.

As Franklin attempted to cross SR 146 to travel east on Adams Street, it entered the path of Mathias’ vehicle. The front end of Mathias’ vehicle collided with the right side of Franklin’s vehicle.

The Altima came to final rest off the right side of Adams Street, while the Sorento ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with the front porch of a house, and then collided with a tree where it came to final rest.

The Smithville Fire Department, officers with the Smithville Police Department, and DeKalb EMS responded to the scene, along with THP. Both Mathias and Franklin were transported to the hospital by DeKalb EMS.

On November 6, rescue units responded to another crash where a pickup ran up under a semi-trailer on East Broad Street near Tenneco.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 36-year-old Joshua Batey of Smithville was traveling east on Highway 70 in a 2000 GMC Sierra when the vehicle ran into the rear of a 2004 Freightliner Tractor Trailer rig which was parked in the slow lane of Highway 70.

Batey was taken by DeKalb EMS to Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. The semi driver was uninjured.