A head-on crash this morning (Monday) on Highway 53 near the DeKalb line in Smith County claimed the life of a 68 year old woman and injured two other persons.
Dead is Wanda Williams of Brush Creek
Trooper Terry Seay of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Williams was a passenger of a 2008 Mercury Marquis, driven by her husband, 71 year old Doras Williams. A family member said the crash occurred only a short distance from the Williams' Brush Creek area home.
According to Trooper Seay, the Williams' were traveling south on Highway 53 when their car was hit head-on by a northbound 2008 Ford Fusion, driven by 26 year old Jeramie Reed of Dowelltown, who had pulled into the southbound lane to pass a van. It was reportedly foggy at the time.
Mrs. Williams died at the scene. Mr. Williams was taken to Riverview Regional Medical Center-North in Carthage. Reed was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital and later taken to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
Trooper Seay said the injuries to Mr. Williams and Reed were not believed to be life threatening.
Trooper Jimmy Tisdale and members of the THP Critical Incident Response Team assisted Trooper Seay in the crash investigation. Charges are pending.
Members of the Smith County Sheriff's Department, Fire Department, and EMS responded along with DeKalb EMS, Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department, DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Rescue, and the DeKalb Sheriff's Department.