Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 13, 2012

One killed in Pigeon Ridge Rd. crash

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville area man lost his life in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on rain-slickened Pigeon Ridge Rd. at the intersection of Washington St., according to the Tennessee State Highway Patrol.

Ronald W. Hendrix, 59, was rushed to Cumberland Medical Center after being freed from the wreckage of his 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix, but despite life-saving measures started at the scene and continued at the hospital, he was declared dead in the emergency room.

A 17-year-old female driving a 1990 Lincoln Town Car — not identified by the highway patrol — was injured and taken to Cumberland Medical Center by ambulance. She was ambulatory at the scene and her injuries were not believed to be serious.

Trooper Jack Alderman wrote in his report that Hendrix was stopped at the stop sign at the entrance to Heritage Estates subdivision on Washington St. when he pulled out attempting a left turn when the teen's car — traveling east on Pigeon Ridge Rd. — topped a hill and struck the smaller car in the driver's side door.

The impact sent both vehicles spinning off the road and down about a ten-foot embankment.

Evidence at the scene showed that the teen attempted to avoid the collision but was unable.

Visibility for drivers exiting Washington St. is obscured on both sides by dips in the roadway and Hendrix may have not seen the oncoming vehicle. In addition, it was raining when the crash occurred.

Cumberland County firefighters assisted with CPR while others worked to extricate the victim from the wreckage. After several minutes, the victim was freed. One firefighter suffered an arm and wrist injury while trying to remove the victim from the wreck.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and no charges were filed in connection with the accident.

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