Thursday, April 8, 2010
Two die in crashes
By BARRY BURLESON
Two people were killed in separate automobile accidents in Marshall County, according to coroner James Richard Anderson.
DeAndre’ Johnson, 14, a student at Byhalia High School, died in a crash on Highway 78 Friday just before 1 p.m., he said.
Anderson said Johnson, who was pronounced dead on the scene, was a passenger in the back seat of a Ford Escape and was ejected from the vehicle.
The automobile was traveling west when the driver lost control.
“It began flipping into the median and went into eastbound traffic,” Anderson said.
There it struck a 1999 Freightliner Classic 18-wheeler, he said.
The accident happened about two miles east of the Red Banks exit, near the Bicycle Road overpass bridge.
Two other people in the sport utility vehicle were transported to The Med in Memphis, Tenn. – one by ambulance and one by helicopter.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
A Collierville, Tenn., woman was killed in a separate accident Sunday at 5:07 p.m. on Highway 72.
Karen Maclin, 53, was driving a 2007 Mercury traveling westbound when she lost control and the vehicle spun around and struck an eastbound automobile, according to Anderson.
“Both vehicles came to a stop in the eastbound ditch,” he said.
Maclin was pronounced dead on the scene. The accident happened on a two-lane portion of the highway, just as the four-lane ends, between King Mountain Road and North Red Banks Road.
Two people traveling in the eastbound Ford were transported by ambulance to The Med with injuries.
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