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Intersection site of another wreck
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The driver of this Dodge Neon, Bettie Jo Hill, escaped serious injury Wednesday night when she pulled into the path of oncoming traffic at a dangerous intersection on Highway 70S in Rock Island. The accident occurred at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Almost two months after someone lost their life during a crash at the intersection of Sparta Highway and Rock Island Road, another wreck has occurred.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Joseph VanBommel reports Bettie Jo Hill from Sparta was traveling outbound in a 2004 Silver Dodge Neon when she attempted a left turn onto Rock Island Road and entered the path of an oncoming 2003 Suzuki SUV driven by McMinnville resident Dorinda Bell causing a side impact collision.

“Ms. Hill was cited for failure to yield and no proof of insurance,” said VanBommel. “She was transported by Warren County EMS to Saint Thomas River Park for non-life threatening injuries.”

Bell, and passenger Lee Charles, were uninjured.

The last wreck at that intersection in front of Dollar General involving fatality was July 26. Clifton Harville, 60, of Crossville was being transported inbound on Highway 70S by White County EMS when the ambulance was struck by a vehicle driven by Warren County resident Carol Simpson, 63. She was attempting to cross the intersection and access Rock Island Road. She faces several charges including vehicular homicide by recklessness.

TDOT is in the process of installing flashing lights at that intersection. The project’s bid opening is Oct. 5. Once those bids are reviewed and one approved, the contractor will be given notice to proceed.