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Seatbelts spare drivers in wreck
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A two-vehicle collision on New Nashville Highway caused one to roll on its side Wednesday. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A rollover crash stalled mid-morning traffic Wednesday on New Nashville Highway in Newtown. Motorists were funneled past the wreckage using the turning lane. 

Witnessing a vehicle on its side could give the impression someone is seriously injured, but that wasn’t the case. 

“I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m going to continue to say it … wearing seatbelts will prevent and reduce injuries during motor vehicle accidents,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara. “This wreck is a prime example of that. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.”

The accident was human error, a bad judgment call, says Mara. 

“A 2018 Nissan Titan was being driven by Eddie E. Pearson, 73,” said Mara. “He was traveling inbound on Nashville Highway and intended on making a left turn onto Paris Street. He said saw the Jeep coming, but he thought he had time to turn. It was proven that he didn’t.”

Driving the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and traveling outbound was Diannia Basham, 61. 

“Ms. Basham was in the right lane going westbound,” said Mara. “She reported possible injuries, but declined transportation to the hospital for evaluation. If she hadn’t been wearing a seatbelt, I think her injuries would have been far worse. In a rollover crash, if not seat belted, the chances of being ejected are most likely.”

The accident between the Warren County residents happened at approximately 9:30 a.m.