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Archives 09-06-2000



Hilham Man Dies In Collision
Woman Dies In Wreck
Allons Children Injured In ATV Collision


Hilham Man Dies In Collision

A Hilham man died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 85 near the Livingston city limit Tuesday, Aug. 29. According to reports, Billy M. Christian, 53, of Cookeville, was driving an American Freightways Inc. 1996 International tractor-trailer east toward Livingston around 1:41 p.m. when a blue four-door Chevrolet Corsica driven west toward Hilham by Danny K. Rector, 47, of Hilham, crossed into the eastbound lane. The vehicles collided near the entrance of the old Service Transport terminal. After the impact, the car slid across the westbound lane, coming to rest in a ditch. The truck jack-knifed and burst into flames.

Danny K. Rector was dead at the scene.

Billy Christian was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment.

Heather Howell of the Livingston Police Department investigated the collision.


Woman Dies In Wreck

A Monroe woman died in a one-vehicle wreck on Barnes Ridge Road near Pickett County around 11:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.

According to reports, Jill T. Sells, 40, was driving a 1994 Ford F250 pickup with Gary Sells, 43, and Marcia A. Harvey, 35, all of Monroe, as passengers. The truck left the road off the left shoulder and hit a tree. R

ight side passenger Harvey was reportedly standing up and out of the right passenger side door when the impact happened. She was ejected from the vehicle when it hit the tree, and died as a result of injuries sustained.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, seat belts were not in use, and drinking was involved. No drugs were apparent, but drug tests were ordered. Citations were issued, and criminal charges are possible involving negligent homicide against the driver.

THP James Sells, Jim Beaty, and Jimmy King investigated.


Allons Children Injured In ATV Collision

Two Allons children were seriously injured in a collision at 1:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4.

According to reports, Allen Murphy, 37, of Rickman, was driving a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier east on Old Celina Highway near Palestine Road when a Yamaha all-terrain-vehicle driven by Andrew Handy, 10, with Dakota Handy, 3, as a passenger turned into the carŐs path. The automobile struck the four-wheeler, causing it to turn over and eject both passengers. The ATV ended up in a ditch beside the road.

Andrew Handy sustained extensive damage to one of his legs. Dakota Handy sustained injury to the pelvic area and had a fractured nose. Both were transported by helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The automobile driver was apparently uninjured.

THP James Sells investigated the collision.


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