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Three injured in rush-hour car accident on Myatt Drive Thursday
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 8, 2011
A drunk driver appears to be responsible for a car accident that sent three people to the hospital and shut down Myatt Drive in Madison during rush hour on Thursday morning. Nashville Metro Police have said an investigation is underway.
The suspected drunk-driving accident occurred just after 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning on Myatt Drive near Myatt Industrial Drive in Madison. According to the police, the driver of a pickup truck suddenly decided to make a U-turn, and the driver of a sedan in the next lane was unable to stop in time to avert the accident. The sedan broadsided the pickup truck, sending the truck careening across the roadway and into a roadside ditch.
The front end of the sedan crumpled up as designed, leaving the passenger compartment intact, which likely prevented the car's driver from sustaining serious injuries. Luckily, he appeared at the time of the wreck to be uninjured and walked away from the scene of the car accident.
The driver of the pickup truck and two passengers were not so lucky. The passenger side of the truck was crushed, and all three people were injured. They were taken to an area hospital by emergency personnel.
Police told reporters that there was evidence the driver of the pickup truck was drinking, but the full investigation was still underway at the time of the report.
The presumed drunk-driving accident required Metro Police to close Myatt Drive for approximately half an hour during early rush hour in order to clear the debris and investigate the cause of the crash. The thoroughfare reopened just before 7:00 a.m.