Man Dies in Sunday Night Crash- Another Person Airlifted

March 23, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 48 year old man died in a pickup truck crash Sunday night on Highway 56 south, just north of Cumberland Nursery.

Dead is Steve Goodwin of Woodbury Highway, Liberty.

Meanwhile, 38 year old Bessie Collins of Liberty, a passenger of the truck, was airlifted from the scene by a Life Force Helicopter Ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Another passenger, 23 year old Michael Frederick Teachout of Smithville was apparently not seriously injured. He reportedly refused treatment.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Goodwin was driving north on Highway 56 in a 1991 Dodge Dakota pickup truck and failed to negotiate a curve. The truck ran off the roadway, hit a fence, re-entered the highway, crossed both lanes, struck a ditch on the other side of the road, vaulted one time, partially ejected the driver, and then came to rest on it's top facing north. The driver was penned underneath.

Central dispatch received the call at 8:57 p.m.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department came to the scene to provide extrication services.

The THP reports that seatbelts were used but that alcohol was also involved.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene.

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