A McMinnville woman is reportedly on the mend after a wreck in Alabama in which one of the other drivers was killed.
Leah Simpson, 30, of McMinnville and her 6-month-old child are recovering from the wreck in Cullman, Ala. The child was properly restrained in a car seat and was not injured. Mrs. Simpson suffered broken bones, but is expected to recover, according to Cullman Police Department Sgt. Jeff Warnke.
“I talked to Mrs. Simpson’s father Saturday and she is expected to recover,” said Warnke. “She has broken bones from the wreck. It’s amazing the child was not hurt. The car seat was properly used.”
The fatally injured driver, Christopher Brandon Payton, 21, of Hayden, Ala., triggered the accident when he crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. It is not known why the Payton vehicle went out of control.
Once in the wrong lane, Payton’s car struck the vehicle being driven by Simpson.
The Simpson vehicle was then knocked into the path of a tractor-trailer rig. The rig struck Simpson and then veered off the road, overturning in a culvert. The truck driver, John Henry Sain, 50, of Boliver, Tenn., was not injured.
“We have concluded the investigation,” Sgt. Warnke told The Cullman Times. “The only thing that can be determined is he (Payton) crossed over the lanes for an unknown reason and there are no witnesses to give evidence why. We found his cellphone and it was locked on GPS, so texting apparently was not a factor in the wreck.”