Van crashes into parts store

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A Chevrolet Astro van sits inside O’Reilly Auto Parts after crashing through the front of the store Wednesday, April 28.

Livingston Police and Livingston Fire Department personnel along with Overton County EMS responded to a call to O’Reilly Auto Parts on West Main Street at approximately 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 after a vehicle crashed through the front entrance to the store.

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge stated, “Fortunately, there were no injuries to any customers or employees of the store, and there were no major injuries to the driver of the vehicle.”

The driver was identified as James Crawford, of Hilham.

The accident was investigated by LPD Officer Jim Gavagan.

Livingston Police, Livingston Fire, and EMS personnel again were called to West Main Street at approximately 10:10 a.m. Friday, April 30 after a motorcycle crashed in front of Pizza Hut.

When officers arrived, they discovered that two juveniles had been riding on a single motorcycle toward town and while in the lane of travel another vehicle reportedly attempted to make a turn into the Pizza Hut parking lot from the turning lane traveling west on Main Street. The motorcycle struck the front of the passenger car and the motorcycle riders were thrown into the roadway.

The male driver of the motorcycle sustained injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Skyline Medical in Nashville.

The female passenger had injuries, but was treated and released at Livingston Regional Hospital.

The incident was investigated by LPD Capt. Ray Smith.

Also on Friday, April 30, Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a wreck on Monterey Highway.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary information, John Brunner, 43, of Aurora, CO, was driving a 2001 Ram 3500 pickup south on State Route 84/Monterey Highway around 7:30 a.m. when the truck, which was pulling a trailer, veered off the right shoulder.

The truck continued off a steep embankment, clipped a utility pole, and went airborne into an earth embankment and came to a final rest after running into several trees.

The trailer was transporting a 2019 Nissan van.

Brunner, who was wearing a seat belt, was apparently uninjured. A passenger, Roy Hendrickson, 45, of Cheyenne, WY, was also wearing a seat belt and also apparently escaped injury.