On Saturday, September 10th at around 5 p.m. in West Macon County, a three vehicle collision occurred which led to three fatalities.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a tractor trailer driven by Christopher Brady, 41, from Moss, TN, was traveling eastbound on Highway 52 near Westside Elementary School, when the truck driver lost control while making a left hand curve. Trooper Ashley Mercer stated, “It was raining hard and the roadway was wet.”
As the tractor trailer went across the westbound lane the driver of a 1995 green Dodge, Jeffery Van Overberge, 46, of the Siloam Community, traveling westbound, was unable to avoid the collision and went under the trailer. The passenger in the Dodge was Justin Spears, 23, of the Siloam Community.
Another vehicle, a 1995 Chevy S10, driven by Jay Scruggs, 28, of Westmoreland, was also traveling west and was struck by the rear of the trailer. The tractor trailer continued to go off the northbound side of Hwy. 52 and came to rest in a deep ravine. The Dodge came to final rest in the westbound lane facing north. The S10 came to final rest off the northbound side of the road facing east. The section of Highway 52 was closed from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Brady, Van Overberge, and Spears were pronounced dead at the scene. Scruggs left by private vehicle and went to Skyline Medical Center for injuries.