Carroll County Electric Co. employee Cary Don Smith of Huntingdon was slightly injured in a Feb. 21 wreck in McKenzie. The accident happened around 9 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar St. (Highway 124) and Highland Dr. (U.S. Highway 79). A trailer truck rig was also involved.
According to Carroll County Electric Dept. manager Danny Brawner, Smith was released from Baptist Hospital of Carroll County around 2:30 p.m. the same day with mostly bruises and soreness. He had no broken bones. The company truck he was driving was totaled.
According to Sgt. Andy Weaver, prior to the crash, the traffic signals at this intersection had malfunctioned and had gone into a flashing mode.
A 2020 freight semi tractor trailer rig, driven by Floyd C. Dunton, Jr., 47, of Clarksville, was traveling south on U.S.79 and had a flashing yellow signal and proceeded through the intersection. A Carroll County Electric 2016 Ford truck, driven by Smith, was traveling west on State Route 124 and had a flashing red light and came to a complete stop at the light and then treated it as a four-way stop and proceeded through the intersection. Smith’s vehicle made contact with the trailer of the tractor-trailer just in front of the wheels. Smith’s vehicle had disabling damage to the front while the tractor trailer sustained functional damages to the wheels and was able drive into a nearby parking lot to await repairs.