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Local woman dies in Woodbury crash
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A local woman was killed over the weekend in a head-on crash in neighboring Cannon County.
The victim, Kathleen Stuart, 58, of McMinnville died from injuries sustained in the Saturday evening accident. The driver of the other vehicle, Harold Herriman of Woodbury, was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries.
According to preliminary Highway Patrol reports, the wreck happened around 8:20 p.m. as Stuart was heading eastbound, toward McMinnville, on Nashville Highway (Highway 70) in a Kia. She met an oncoming westbound Ford pickup driven by Herriman, who was rounding a slight uphill curve. Troopers say Herriman crossed the center line while navigating the curve, hitting the Kia head-on.
The wreck happened near Elkins Church, which is between Eastside School and the stockbarn. Specifically, the crash site is located atop Woodbury Mountain just outside the construction zone where the four lane Highway 70 is set to re-enter the existing two-lane road. Stuart was returning home from her shift at Stones River Hospital.
The wreck is still under investigation. It has not been revealed what caused Herriman to cross the center line.