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Four injured
Driver, child seriously hurt
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Photo provided A single-vehicle wreck on Manchester Highway injured four, two considered to be seriously injured.

A crash on Manchester Highway Wednesday morning injured four.

McMinnville resident Joshua Judkins, 40, was driving outbound on Manchester Highway. As the 2017 Ford Flex he was driving neared Hullett’s Service Center, located at the intersection of State Route 287, the vehicle inexplicably veered left.  

“Mr. Judkins ran off the roadside to the left,” said state trooper Ben Cannon. “The vehicle traveled down an embankment and into a rock drainage ditch. It was approximately an eight-foot embankment. The vehicle then struck a concrete drainage tile facing, which caused the vehicle to overturn. It came to final rest in that drainage ditch on its side.”

The crash involved three passengers, an adult identified as Tara Deckard and two juvenile passengers whose ages were given as 3 and 11. 

According to Cannon, both Judkins and the 11-year old suffered “very serious injuries” that could be considered life-threatening. Both were flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment. 

Deckard and the 3-year-old were transported by Warren County EMS to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park for treatment.

Exact injuries for the four are unknown.  

“As far as we could tell from the evidence, the children were properly restrained,” said Cannon.

Mystery surrounds the crash. 

“I’m baffled as to why he ran off the road,” said Cannon. “The speed limit is 45. As straight as that road is, there’s really no reason to run off the road right there. Maybe fog was a contributing factor, but it wasn’t that foggy. I don’t know.” 

The crash occurred at 7 a.m. on Aug. 31.