Two people were injured in a near head-on crash early Wednesday morning on West Broad Street in front of the former location of Stribling Chevrolet.
Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 19 year old Joshua Glen Kerley of Antioch Road, Smithville was driving west in a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck when he apparently fell asleep, crossed over into the eastbound lane, and struck a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by 52 year old Donna Seat Randall of Mount Juliet.
Trooper Jennings says after making impact with the car, Kerley's truck overturned at least twice and came to rest upright on it's wheels in the eastbound lanes facing south. Randall's car wound up in the grass off the road also facing south.
The accident was reported to 911 at 5:19 a.m.
According to Trooper Jennings, Kerley was enroute to his job with Jones Brothers Construction in Mount Juliet while Randall, who is employed at Raintree Manor in McMinnville, was also going to work.
Randall was trapped in her car and had to be extricated by members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department's Extrication and Rescue Team. She was airlifted from the scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga with serious injuries.
Kerley was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital for treatment.
Officers of the Smithville Police Department and DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.