Two passengers escaped serious injury when their vehicles were involved in a head-on collision on Rock Island Road on Saturday afternoon. The wreck occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Locke, 39, of Rock Island, was heading northbound in a 1997 Nissan pickup on Rock Island Road, or State Route 136, when he failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a 1999 Lexus SUV, according to Tennessee Highway patrolman Rodney Whiles.
The Lexus was being driven by Kenna Taylor, 16, also of Rock Island. Taylor had just left Rock Island Market where she works as a waitress in the restaurant.
Taylor said she saw the other vehicle coming toward her and she swerved to the right hoping to avoid contact. “But, he just kept coming toward me,” she said.
Both drivers were taken to River Park Hospital for noncritical injuries. Taylor was later admitted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for breathing problems due to a bruised sternum.
Whiles credits the lack of serious injury to both drivers wearing of seatbelts. “Seatbelts save lives,” he said.
Locke was charged with driving under the influence. Whiles said the DUI was for prescription medication. “The DUI was not for alcohol but was for a medicine he had been prescribed,” said Whiles.