A multi-car pileup on Big Springs Hill blocked traffic around 2:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary incident information, Oscar Ruble Upchurch, 61, of Pall Mall, was driving a 2003 Hummer H2 north on Highway 111 (Byrdstown Highway) when he slowed near Twin Oaks Road to attempt a left turn into a parking lot.
According to the report, Amber Green, 28, of Pall Mall, was also traveling north, driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe. When the Hummer slowed, the Tahoe “failed to slow or stop” and struck the Upchurch vehicle, which “slid across both southbound lanes while rotating counterclockwise” and was struck by a 2002 International that was being driven south. The Hummer “slid across both southbound lanes and came to final rest in the center of the roadway, facing southeast, partially in the northbound and southbound lanes.”
The Tahoe “came to final rest facing north in the northbound lane.”
And the International, driven by William Moore, of Albany, KY, ‘came to final rest facing south on the southbound shoulder.”
Upchurch, who was wearing a seatbelt, was injured in the incident.
Moore, who was wearing a seatbelt, was apparently uninjured.
Green, who was also wearing a seatbelt, was apparently uninjured, but was charged with Following Too Closely.
The incident was investigated by Trooper William Looper.