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Car crashes into cattle trailer
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Deputy Jason Satterwhite surveys the wreckage of the car driven by Jacob Simpson.


A man escaped potentially fatal injuries Wednesday afternoon when his car slammed into the rear of a cattle trailer and overturned near Dibrell.


The man, Jacob Simpson, 28, suffered leg injuries and was treated at River Park Hospital despite the passenger compartment of his car being crushed by impact with the rear of the cattle trailer at highway speed. The driver of the 1996 Ford 350 that was pulling the cattle trailer, George Edward Green, 45, was not injured although the empty cattle trailer he was towing turned over and separated from his vehicle during the crash.


According to Highway Patrolman Bruce Pryor, the accident happened just after 1 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 56 North just past Mike Muncey Road near Boyd & Boyd Nursery south of Dibrell. Simpson was heading north, heading toward Smithville, in his 2000 Nissan Maxima when he came upon Green’s cattle trailer. Green, who was also heading away from McMinnville in the northbound lane, was slowing to turn in a private driveway located off the two-lane highway.


Simpson was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the rear of the cattle truck. His car slammed into the rear of the heavy trailer causing the vehicle to careen off the highway and overturn. His car came to rest in the front yard of a residence. Green’s trailer overturned and came to rest in the yard of a residence across the road.


Simpson was taken to River Park Hospital by the Warren County Emergency Ambulance Service where he was treated for an ankle injury. He was later cited for violation of the due care law and for third-offense driving on a suspended license.