Paramedics airlifted two people to a nearby hospital following a head-on collision Tuesday night on Sparta Pike.
Tennessee Highway Patrol said Justin Bair, 24, of Lebanon, driving a 1999 Honda Civic crossed the centerline directly in front of Breanna England, 18, of Watertown, who was driving a 2008 Ford Focus.
Troopers said England was driving southbound on Sparta Pike toward Watertown when she merged into the emergency lane to avoid a collision. The report said Bair continued to cross Sparta Pike and into the emergency lane and hit England’s car head on.
According to the report, both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said the incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. at 1405 Sparta Pike near Eastover Road. He said Wilson Emergency Management Agency responders needed help from firefighters and officers to extricate two people from vehicles.
WEMA Director John Jewell said paramedics landed one helicopter at the Wilson County Fairgrounds to take one victim to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He said a second victim was taken by ambulance to the Lebanon Municipal Airport, where a second helicopter was waiting. A third person involved in the crash was not injured.
Jewell described the injuries as “significant.”
According to the report, charges were pending against the unknown driver, who troopers said would be identified once all necessary family members were notified.