The accident happened at 9:10 a.m. about one-half mile south of River Bridge Road near the Hwy. 109 bridge.
A report filed by Trooper Mike Tysinger of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a 2011 Chevy HHR, driven by Darold Lyles of Murfreesboro, was headed northbound on Hwy. 109. Jason Griggs, 36, of Portland, was driving a 2003 Chevy 2500 pickup truck and was headed southbound as was Gregory Anderson, 55, of Gallatin, driver of a 1994 Ford van.
Tysinger said the pickup was behind the van. Another vehicle was turning into a private driveway off Hwy. 109. The van was slowing down, but the pickup did not slow down in time and swerved to the left, striking the Chevy HHR head-on. The impact sent the HHR down the right side embankment.
Lyles, the driver of the HHR, had to be extricated from his vehicle by emergency personnel. He was transported to the Summit Medical Center landing pad where he was then taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was wearing his seat belt, Tysinger said in his report.
A passenger in Lyles vehicle, Elyce Lyles, 60, also of Murfreesboro, was injured, and she was transported by ambulance to VUMC. She was also wearing her seat belt.
Griggs, the driver of the pickup truck, suffered minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital. He did wear his seat belt.
Kyle Cline, 26, of Portland, and a passenger in the pickup truck, also sustained minor injuries. He was not transported to a hospital. Cline wore his seat belt.
Anderson, driver of the van, did not sustain any injuries, and he, too, was wearing his seat belt.Griggs was cited with improper following, failure to maintain lane of traffic, failure to exercise due care and an address change violation.
The stretch of Hwy. 109 where the accident occurred was closed so crews could clear the roadway.
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