Lebanon man dies in Trousdale County crash

A Lebanon man was killed during an evening wreck, which shut down parts of Highway 231 North for several hours Friday.
Apr 26, 2014

 

A Lebanon man was killed during an evening wreck, which shut down parts of Highway 231 North for several hours Friday.

James D. Thompson, 75, of Lebanon, died after striking a vehicle and causing a multiple car accident near Bass Road in the Bethpage area according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

Thompson, driving a 1987 Dodge D1500 Pickup, was traveling north bound on Highway 231, around 5 p.m., crossed the center line striking the side of the 2010 Nissan Rogue, driven by Ralph E. Rupe Jr., 62, of Bethpage. 

Rupe, who was traveling south bound at the time, vehicle then spun around and hit Michael D. Davenport, 45, of Westmoreland. Davenports' 2001 Toyota UCS flipped and landed on its passenger side.

Trousdale County Sheriff's Department, along with the Trousdale County Rescue Squad and THP officers responded to the scene.

According to the officers' reports, all three drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Citations are pending depending on the investigation. Officers believe Thompson may have been suffering from a medical condition, which resulted in Thompson crossing the centerline.

Rupe and Davenport were treated for injuries.

Hartsville Vidette Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email mcorhern@hartsvillevidette.com.

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