July 15, 2022
From: Dwayne Page
An early morning crash today (Friday) involving an SUV and a dump truck claimed the life of 79-year-old Gordon Walter of Smithville.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Walter was north on Allens Ferry Road in a Toyota 4Runner SUV when he pulled into the path of a southbound 388 Peterbilt dump truck while trying to turn left. on Holmes Creek Road near the Little League ballpark. The dump truck was driven by Terrance Martin, 40, of Smithville. He drove for T Bird Trucking.
The accident report indicates that Walter’s automobile struck the truck in the southbound lane at an angle. After the impact, the SUV moved south for several meters before coming to a final stop at the side of the road, facing north. The dump truck traveled several feet south crossing the center line before exiting the edge of the road to the left where it overturned and then came to a permanent stop outside the roadway facing the is.
According to the report, Walter was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Martin had put on his seat belt and was not injured.
In addition to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, members of the DeKalb EMS, DeKalb Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and TDOT were also at the scene.