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Two vehicles involved in Tuesday wreck
Early Childhood teacher dies in collision
Boy run over by car still in critical condition


Two vehicles involved in Tuesday wreck

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

A two-vehicle wreck on the Jamestown Highway Tuesday afternoon, May 20 had no injuries to those involved; however, one of the vehicles sustained heavy damage. According to reports, Elliot Hicks was driving his 1995 Dodge Ram flatbed truck eastbound up Alpine Mountain, when the vehicle in front of him turned off onto Alvin Garrett Lane.

As Hicks was stopped, Heather Hargis, driving a 1994 Ford Thunderbird, came up behind his truck and failed to stop. HargisÕ hood was crinkled, but the truck received no apparent damage, other than a bowed and broken bumper. Hicks remained uninjured, and Hargis declined transport to the hospital. A passenger in the Hargis vehicle was her 2 year-old son. Dep. Sean Allred, of Overton County SheriffÕs Department, investigated the incident. Citations were given to both drivers for violation of the seatbelt law.

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Early Childhood teacher dies in collision

An Overton County Early Childhood teacher and her husband died in a collision on Interstate 65 early Saturday morning, May 18.

ccording to reports, Andrew A. Looney, 24, and his wife, Rachel H. (Stockton) Looney, 24, of Cookeville, were travelling in a 1992 Honda south on Interstate 65 when the car skidded in heavy rain near Columbia. The car crossed the median sideways before colliding with a tractor-trailer hauling formaldehyde.

The truck, driven by Douglas M. Edwards, 60, of Gallion, AL, came to rest in the middle of the road after striking a guardrail. The truckÕs fuel tanks ruptured, but did not ignite, according to reports.

Trooper Jack Sutphin of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the fatal collision.

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Boy run over by car still in critical condition

Daniel Moore, the young Rickman boy who was run over by a car on May 11, is still in critical condition, according to his father, Jim Moore.

Daniel had been placed on a ventilator at last report.

Mr. Moore said the family is accepting donations to help pay for DanielÕs medical expenses. Donations may be sent to Bank of Overton County.

Mr. Moore said the accident occurred while he was in his back yard hanging up clothes, and his wife, Anna Moore, was in the living room of the familyÕs house in Rickman.

He said he heard the noise and found their car had run over Daniel. The car had rolled about 60 to 70 feet downhill.

He called 911 for help, and emergency personnel soon arrived at the scene. Daniel was transported to the fire hall of Rickman Volunteer Fire Department, where he was then taken by helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of chest injuries.





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