Crashes occur on Highway 111 last week

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No injuries were reported in the 2-vehicle crash on Highway 111 last Wednesday.

A 2-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 111 around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary incident description, Charles Qualls, 76, of Rickman, was driving a 2004 Ford F150 westbound on East Speck Road and going to make a left turn onto the southbound side of State Route 111 pulled to the stop sign and then continued to the center median to wait for traffic to pass to make the turn.

According to THP, he stated “that he thought he was in the median”, but he “was actually sitting in the left travel lane on the northbound side.”

Then the headlights of a northbound 2013 Nissan Altima illuminated the driver side of the truck, and the juvenile driver swerved left, but could not avoid the collision, striking the truck in the driver side.

Qualls, who was wearing a seatbelt, was apparently uninjured in the incident. The juvenile was also wearing a seatbelt and was also uninjured.

Later in the week, an Overton County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured in a 2-vehicle crash on Highway 111 around 10:43 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

According to THP’s preliminary incident description, Deputy Kevin Barlow, 47, attempting to enter West Turkey Creek Road when his 2018 Taurus cruiser was struck by a southbound 2016 Ford Super Duty driven by David Montgomery, 43, of Monterey.

The patrol car was attempting to enter West Turkey Creek Road from the median when the southbound truck.

Deputy Barlow, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Montgomery, who also was wearing a seatbelt, was apparently uninjured.

The incident was investigated by Trooper Tyler McCulley.