Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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December 24, 2010

One dead following 127 S crash

Charges said pending against one driver

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man whose vehicle crossed left of the center and collided nearly head-on, leaving one man dead, could be facing charges, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred on Hwy. 127 S. in between the two entrances to Bob Tollett Loop in a light rain and fog shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Three vehicles were involved and four people were rushed to Cumberland Medical Center in three ambulances.

The dead motorist was identified as Paul Jensen, 78, of Colby Circle, Crossville, He was a church page contributor of the Crossville Chronicle. His wife, Shirley Jensen, 72, was injured in the crash but at press time her condition was not known.

Also injured were two other drivers, William Wynn, 68, of Buena Vista Dr., Crossville, and Rebecca Day, 25, of Mockingbird Dr. It is not known if the survivors were admitted to CMC, transferred to other hospitals or were treated in the emergency room and later released.

THP Trooper David Roark said at the scene that Wynn exited the VFW Club parking lot and entered Hwy. 127, traveling south. Within moments his 2006 Ford Expedition crossed left of the center line and struck a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Jensen and a 1997 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Day. The impact on the Jensen vehicle was on the driver's side of the vehicle.

After the impact, Wynn's vehicle traveled quite some distance from the point of impact before coming to rest in the ditch on the left side of the highway.

Hwy. 127 was closed while Cumberland County firefighters extricated Jensen from the wreckage of his vehicle. One lane was reopened to traffic after the victims were taken to CMC.

Jensen was pronounced dead at CMC shortly after arrvial.

The north bound lane remained closed while troopers processed the crash site.

Also at the scene was Lt. Randy Hoover and Trooper Jack Alderman. Members of THP's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) also responded to the crash scene.

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