A motor vehicle crash involving a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler on Saturday, April 27th critically injured a 4-month-old baby, who is still in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital fighting to overcome a traumatic brain injury.
According to Tennessee State Trooper Tommy Bayless, the crash occurred at approximately 8 P.M. on Saturday, April 27th as the 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Cayla Horton, age 35, of Waynesboro was traveling westbound in the far right-hand lane of Highway 64 East near Tie Camp Road. A 2012 Freightliner driven by Ronald A. Harvey, age 73, of Lawrenceburg struck the rear of the Jeep, causing the Jeep to spin around and flip over onto its passenger side.
Horton’s son, 4-month-old Zander, was buckled into his carseat in the back seat of the Jeep when the crash occurred. Family members stated that although Ms. Horton sustained serious cuts herself and was bleeding profusely, she managed to unbuckle her son from his carseat and crawl out the rear window of the Jeep. The baby was transported to Vanderbilt by helicopter, where he was still listed at press time in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury. Family members stated that baby Zander has thankfully begun to show signs of neurological improvement.
Neither the truck driver nor his wife Carol Harvey, age 65, who was a passenger in the semi truck, sustained any serious injuries in the crash. Trooper Bayless stated that the investigation into the wreck is ongoing, with the circumstances leading up to the crash not yet released.