Driver Killed in Head-On Collision in Cannon County, Tennessee
CANNON COUNTY, TN. – According to an online news report from wkrn.com, a driver was killed January 2 in a head-on vehicle collision in Cannon County, Tennessee. The driver was traveling in the wrong lane of a state highway, and officers believe that he might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.*
The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. on January 2 on State Highway 146 in Cannon County. A 36-year-old man identified as Freddie Eldridge, of McMinnville, Tennessee, was driving a Honda Civic southbound on Highway 146 in the northbound lane. It is not completely clear why he was in the wrong lane of the road.
Eldridge traveled around a curve in the highway near the DeKalb County line, still in the wrong lane, and crashed head-on into a northbound SUV. The make and model of the SUV was not reported.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find Eldridge deceased. Preliminary investigation into the incident revealed he was likely under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Authorities believe it was most likely a DUI Drugs collision. Officers reported Eldridge was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash but did not indicate whether a seatbelt would have changed the outcome of the incident.
The driver of the SUV has been identified as a 51-year-old woman from Smithville, Tennessee. Her name has not been released. She sustained injuries in the crash and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The extent of her injuries and her current medical condition have not been reported.
Investigation into the crash is ongoing, and no additional information has been released at this time.
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