Two injured after car careens over median and into home
By Andrew Alexander
Two were injured after a truck traveling in the eastbound lane of US Highway 64 lost control, crossed over the median into westbound traffic, struck a utility pole, and finally rested standing on a tree trunk after running into a well, a pole shed, and the home of Glen Wilbanks on the morning of July 21.
The driver of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Emily Banks, 21 of Selmer, and her passenger Shasta Varner, 19 of Selmer, were trapped as a result of the accident and were extracted from the vehicle by emergency medical services.
Banks was airlifted to the MED in Memphis, while Varner was taken to McNairy Regional Hospital by ambulance, according to the accident report filed by Trooper Jason Kirk of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
As of July 25, Banks was in stable condition at the Memphis MED, according to MED representatives.
According to William Bostick, grandfather of Varner, she is back home from the hospital and recovering from a neck injury.
Jill Toney, who is a registered nurse at Jackson General Hospital, was the first on the scene to assist Banks and Varner after witnessing the accident while traveling with her daughter.
“Their car was in front of us on Highway 64 going towards Adamsville and we saw them leave the left lane and start into the grass,” said Toney. “At first, I thought they were just on the phone or texting and would correct themselves soon, but they just never hit the brakes.”
Toney said that the car continued across the westbound lane of oncoming traffic without ever slowing down before it went airborne in Wilbank’s yard with the accident culminating in an explosion of glass when the truck struck a tree.
According to Toney, Varner was hysterical when she approached the vehicle, and Banks was unconscious.
Toney stayed with the victims until first responders arrived and by then Banks had regained consciousness.
“The truck was so mangled,” Toney said. “It was just horrific. One of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.”
Kirk’s report states the accident occurred one mile past Ammons Road off of US64 at 10:13 a.m. Thursday morning.
Wilbanks was home at the time of the accident and was not injured but was startled by the sound of the truck slamming into his property.
“I was in the house when I heard a racket,” said Wilbanks. “I went to look and saw a truck in the tree in my front yard.”
Wilbanks also saw that his well had been reduced to rubble and his trailer was clipped. Wilbanks said he is still waiting on his insurance company to assess the damage.
According to the accident report, the vehicle was registered to Bostick of Selmer, and was towed to Moore Brother’s Towing and Recovery.