Accident Sends Several To Hospitals

Two people were flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Riley Creek Road.
According to a report by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Duane Stevens, a 2007 Ford Taurus operated by Christopher Tucker, 19, of Shelbyville collided with a 2005 Nissan Quest van operated by Tracy Barfield, 41, of Tullahoma. According to the trooper, Tucker was traveling on Frank Halin Road and failed to stop at a traffic stop and pulled in front of the van on Riley Creek Road. According to the Trooper Stevens, Amber Merlo, 19, and, Joshua Lloyd, 20, were flown to Vanderbilt for treatment of their injuries. Another passenger Amy Merlo, 30, was transferred to Harton Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Tucker was charged with DUI, while Amber Merlo was charged DUI by allowance.