DeKalb Ambulance Involved in Three Vehicle Accident

December 7, 2012
Dwayne Page
Hoyte Hale and James Wesley Slager treated and released. No patient on board
Chevy Blazer, driven by Michael Jones, hits Ambulance
Ambulance forced into Buick Sentry, driven by Phillip Atnip
DeKalb Ambulance Involved in Three Vehicle Accident

Three vehicles, including a DeKalb County ambulance, were involved in a traffic accident Friday at the intersection of West Broad and South Mountain Street.

Central dispatch got the call at 11:24 a.m.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that the ambulance, a 2009 Ford, driven by 50 year old Hoyte Hale of Smithville was traveling north on Highway 146 through the intersection when it was struck in the passenger side by a 2001 Chevy Blazer, driven by 33 year old Michael Jones of Smithville, who had run a red light while traveling west on Broad Street. The ambulance was then forced from the impact into a 1993 Buick Sentry, driven by 62 year old Phillip Atnip of Smithville, who was sitting in the turning lane on Highway 146 facing south. There was no patient on board the ambulance at the time of the accident.

Hale and a front seat passenger of the ambulance, 26 year old James Wesley Slager of Alexandria were taken to DeKalb Community Hospital where they were treated and released. Jones and Atnip were not seriously injured and reportedly refused transport to the hospital from the scene. One of them later went to the hospital for observation and treatment.

Jones has been charged with a second offense of driving under the influence, violation of the financial responsibility law, and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Due to the damage, the ambulance involved in the wreck has been taken out of service.

Members of the Smithville Police Department and Smithville Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

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