Slippery Road Blamed for Unusual Crash

January 23, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 28 year old woman, who is also pregnant, apparently escaped serious injury early Tuesday morning after the truck she was driving went out of control and crashed into the garage side of a house at 625 Bethel Road.

The three people inside the house at the time of the accident were not hurt.

Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Shalyn Eaton was traveling west in a 1996 Ford F-150 around 5:30 a.m. when she went off the left side of the road, overcorrected and then came back across the road. The truck then exited the road to the right into a yard and then traveled some 1,200 feet before crashing into the side of the garage at the residence of Bridgette Ribble. The house is a rent home belonging to Wilburn Winnette.

According to Trooper Jennings, Ribble had just returned home after taking her husband to work, but she wasn't injured. Another woman and her son, also at the residence, were apparently asleep on a bunk bed in the garage where the crash occurred, but they too were uninjured.

Eaton was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where she was expected to have been treated and released.

Trooper Jennings says the slippery road conditions are believed to have contributed to the crash.

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