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No serious injuries in head-on crash

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The truck driven by James Bean, left, and SUV driven by Tonya Hunt rest in the middle of East Lane Street after a collision at the Thompson Street intersection Friday morning.
(T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
"I'm right here, baby."

Those were the words of a mother to one of her three children shaken up in a head-on collision Friday morning at the intersection of East Lane and Thompson streets.

Tonya Hunt, 29, of Lynchburg, uttered the reassuring words as she was loaded onto an awaiting ambulance that took the family to Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma.

But fortunately, no one appeared seriously hurt in the accident, which bought nearby residents out in the morning chill to help the children.

Crossed line

According to Shelbyville police officer David Curley, 17-year-old James Bean of Shelbyville was approaching the intersection of Thompson Street when Hunt crossed the center line and struck Bean's truck head-on.

Bean was not injured. However, Hunt apparently suffered a fractured ankle while her sons -- Jeffrey Vaughn Jr., 7, Brayden Vaughn, 5, and Ryan Vaughn, 10, were "shaken up."

Residents of nearby Thompson Apartments provided blankets to help keep the boys warm as they were checked for injuries.

Curley said that Jeffrey apparently lost a tooth but there didn't appear to be any other obvious injuries.