Two car wreck leaves serious injuries, no fatalities
by S. Alan Reed
May 31, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rescue crews use the "Jaws of Life" to free the driver from the destroyed Toyota.
Rescue crews use the "Jaws of Life" to free the driver from the destroyed Toyota.
A two-vehicle accident on May 23 in Cadiz left four people injured. The accident occurred at the intersection of US Highway 68 and Lakota at 1:05 P.M.

Investigating officer Major Duncan Wiggins of the Cadiz Police described the collision between a 1992 Toyota Corolla and a 1985 Dodge Ram Pickup in a report shared with The Cadiz Record. “(The Dodge) was attempting a left turn onto Lakota Drive from US 68 east bound lane. (The Toyota) was traveling west on US 68. The Dodge turned into the Toyota, causing the Toyota to come to rest off the roadway. Extensive damage (was suffered by both vehicles.”

The accident report identifies the truck’s driver as Walter G. Vinson, Sr. of Cadiz. The Toyota was driven by Brittany Coker of Hopkinsville. The Toyota was transporting two passengers, James and Cameron Webster, who were identified as juveniles.

According to the report, Vinson, and both Webster boys were transported to Trigg County Hospital. Coker was transported via AirEvac Lifeflight to an undisclosed facility, though an EMT at the scene, who declined to be identified, speculated that the facility could be Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Several first-response agencies participated in the rescue, including the Trigg County Sheriff, Trigg County Rescue, the Cadiz and Montgomery Fire Departments and Trigg County Ambulance, in addition to the Cadiz Police and AirEvac.

The damage to the Toyota was described in the police report as “major.” The rescuing agencies had to remove both doors of the vehicle to remove Coker from the vehicle, using the “Jaws of Life.” Though apparently able to move her lower body, her neck was immobilized with a hard cervical collar, and head immobilized, as a precaution. She appeared to have sustained facial lacerations.

The police report stated that Vinson had been using his seat belt, but that Coker and both Webster boys had not.

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