Highway 79 fatality

A tractor-trailer rests Saturday morning on Highway 79 near Van Dyke Road southwest of Paris after being involved a fatal three-vehicle collision.

A Henry County woman was killed in a fatal collision involving a tractor trailer and a passenger car Saturday morning on Highway 79 near Van Dyke Road southwest of Paris.

Alydia Hart, 21, of Henry was killed in the three-vehicle accident that took place about 7:15 a.m.

Also injured in the crash were Darrell Taylor, 52, of Bradford and Michelle Powers, 45, of Dresden.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Jason Mounts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol

According to the media report released by THP Lt. Brad Wilbanks, the crash occurred as the 2004 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Taylor was heading toward Paris, and the 2014 Nissan Altima driven by Hart pulled into its path from Van Dyke Road.

The semi then pushed the Nissan Altima into southbound lanes headed toward Henry, overturning in the median in the process. The Altima was then struck in the driver’s side door by a 2014 Nissan Sentra driven by Powers, which was headed toward Henry. The impact caused the Sentra to overturn before coming to rest.

The report indicates all three drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

The THP report also indicated the presence of two unidentified passengers in the semi, at least one of whom was not injured in the collision. The injury status of the second passenger was not listed in the report.

Traffic in all four lanes of the highway was diverted to alternate routes for several hours while cleanup operations were completed.

Eyewitnesses said loading machines were brought in to clean up the semi’s load of wood chips, which had been scattered across the highway after the truck overturned.

Signage on the truck indicated it belonged to Shoemaker Lumber Co. of McKenzie.

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