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Two wrecks in 21 minutes
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Pictured is the SUV of Lori Coyle, who drove off the side of Smithville Highway on Wednesday. Her wreck caused a secondary wreck due to stopped traffic on the highway. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Smithville Highway was the scene of two wrecks Wednesday, one at 10:39 a.m. and one 21 minutes later.

The primary wreck involved Baxter resident Lori Coyle, 59.

“Lori Coyle was traveling outbound on Smithville Highway when she lost control of her 2000 Ford,” said Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker.

The incident occurred on a hill in the area of Roy Foster Road. Likely contributing was rain causing the roadway to be slippery.

Coyle’s SUV crossed into the inbound lane, left the roadway and struck a utility pole, causing the pole to break in half. The vehicle came to rest in a ditch.

“A second vehicle stopped to help and the utility pole’s guy wire struck that vehicle causing minor damage,” said Walker. 

A guy wire is a tensioned cable designed to add stability to utility poles and other free-standing structures.

The second wreck occurred at 11 a.m. in the traffic backed up on either side of the highway. 

Aliyah Pulliam, 18, was heading outbound in a 2007 Mazda and stopped with awaiting traffic as emergency personnel worked the wreck involving Coyle. She was struck by a 2003 Chevy pickup.

“He hit me so hard that it forced me forward,” said Pulliam, a McMinnville resident.  

The truck’s driver, Juan Antonio Luna Cruses of Smithville, reported he was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with Pulliam. 

Both Coyle and Pulliam were checked at the scene, but declined transport to Saint Thomas River Park. No other injuries were reported.