Two people were rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon following a crash on Manchester Highway near Covenant Academy.
The injured drivers, Jordan Stewart, 18, and Brandon Locke, 34, were taken to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital by ambulance after medical helicopters declined to airlift them from the scene due to heavy cloud cover and an approaching storm.
According to Highway Patrolman Wade Myers, the wreck happened shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 55 (Manchester Highway) and Country Club Drive. An investigation of the scene revealed the crash was triggered when Stewart tried to turn onto Country Club Drive from the highway.
“Stewart was heading west (away from McMinnville) and turned into the path of the oncoming, eastbound 2015 Nissan Altima driven by Mr. Locke,” said Myers, noting the nearly head-on collision happened in the eastbound lanes.
After impact, Locke’s car flew over an embankment, into a front yard, and ended up slamming backward into a tree. He was trapped in the wreckage for several minutes and had to be extricated from the wreckage of his car.
Stewart was cited for failure to yield and Locke for failing to wear his seatbelt.