Monday, November 23, 2009

Monterey Teenager Killed In Wreck

The Hilltop Express newspaper is reporting that one Monterey teenager was fatally injured and three others were hurt as they were returning to Monterey on Interstate 40 Sunday after they had been to see a movie in Crossville. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Bilbrey, 18-year-old Matthew Harris was driving a 2004 Ford Escape in the westbound lane near the 303-mile marker. Trooper Bilbrey said an unknown semi-truck tried to pull over into Harris’ lane forcing him off the road. Trooper Bilbrey said that Harris hit a guard rail and the truck kept going. Another semi-truck in the back of the Harris vehicle saw what was going on and went into the left lane trying to avoid the the wreck, but the Harris vehicle, after hitting the guard rail, bounced back out and hit that semi-truck. At that point, Trooper Bilbrey said, Lindsey Toft, 18, of Evergreen Lane, Monterey, who was sitting in the back passenger-side seat was ejected through the back window and landed some distance from the vehicle on the other side of the guard rail in the grass and was killed. Matthew Harris, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken by the Putnam County Ambulance Service, first to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and then, by the ambulance service to Vanderbilt Hospital, in Nashville. His sister, Kayla Harris, 19, who was wearing her seatbelt and was in the front passenger side, was not seriously injured. Jessica Toft, 17, who Trooper Bilbrey said was not wearing a seatbelt and was in the back seat on the driver’s side, was taken to the hospital by personal vehicle.