Woman trapped after Hwy 52 head-on collision

By Kelly Rich, Reporter

February 25, 2014

A woman was trapped under her vehicle for about half an hour on Tuesday, after a head-on collision and rollover on Highway 52. Witnesses to the accident from nearby businesses held the truck up by hand for some time, keeping it from crushing its occupant until paramedics arrived.

The accident occurred in the mid morning, when 63-year-old Anna Perdue of Lafayette pulled out of a parking lot near the intersection of Highway 52 E and Days Road. Trooper Justin Mote, who took the report, said that Perdue failed to yield to right-of-way traffic. Perdue, who was driving a 1996 silver Dodge Ram, was struck head-on by a 2007 red Dodge Ram driven by 21-year-old Dustin Cherry of Red Boiling Springs, who was eastbound on the highway.

Although the impact didn't do significant damage to Cherry's vehicle, the silver Dodge Ram rolled over onto its driver's side, trapping Perdue.

After half a dozen concerned bystanders ran to help, holding the truck's weight up and off of Perdue until dozens of emergency responders arrived, Perdue was airlifted to Vanderbilt. The Air Evac helecopter touched down on Hwy 52, near the same intersection, transporting Perdue directly from the scene of the accident.

Mr. Cherry sustained no injuries. Charges were pending at press time.