Two Ripley County residents killed in Tennessee auto accident
Friday, September 20, 2013 11:00 AM
FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. - Two people from Ripley County were killed Sept. 6 in an auto accident in Fayette County, Tenn., after the driver missed an offramp, attempted a u-turn, and was hit by an oncoming 18-wheeler hauling vehicles, according to police.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Michelle Lockhart, 41, of Osgood, and Dennis McClain, 45, of Versailles, died at the scene. The 44-year-old truck driver from Dayton, Ohio, was not injured.
Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident unfolded on westbound I-40 when Lockhart, the driver of a 2005 Chevy Malibu, apparently missed Exit 35, stopped in the middle of the interstate, and then made a u-turn right into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer hauling cars.
The truck slammed into the car, and dragged it down the interstate before going off the road into the median, and across the grass.
The truck came to rest just a few feet from oncoming eastbound traffic with the crumpled remains of the Malibu on its grill.
The wreck left traffic at a crawl on eastbound and westbound I-40 for almost four and a half hours, and almost caused some other wrecks because of rubbernecking.