UPDATE: Four Car Accident on Highway 96 in Rutherford County Monday Morning

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Picture by Scott Walker from a past accident

We have more details on the four vehicle accident reported on Monday morning in Rutherford County. The wreck occurred on Franklin Road (Highway 96) near Coleman Hill Road.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports a Planet Green sanitation truck stopped on Highway 96 to service a home. Both the driver and passenger of the truck were outside of the vehicle when 53-year old Lisa Hazlett ran her minivan into the truck. Hazlett was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center by Ambulance along with the driver of the Planet Green truck, Tony Batuy. The passenger who was in the truck, Jim Burt, was not injured. We were told that 54-year old Ilona Hechtar rear ended Hazlett (Hazlett is the driver who initially hit the sanitation truck). Hechtar was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt. 47-Year old Cheri Glover then ran her vehicle through the debris, but was not injured.

No charges are being filed in this case.



Further Details from the THP:


Date: 2/24/14

Time; 6:40 am

Hwy: Hwy 96

Nearest Intersection: Coleman Hill Road

County: Rutherford


Vehicle 1: 2005 Dodge minivan


Driver 1

Name; Lisa Hazlett – Injured

Age: 53

From: Murfreesboro, TN

Seat Belt: UNK

*Transported by EMS ground to Vanderbilt Medical Center


Vehicle 2: 2001 Mercedes ML3


Driver 2

Name: Ilona Hechtar – Injured

Age: 54

From; Murfreesboro, TN

Seat Belt: YES

*Transported by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Medical Center


Vehicle 3: 1987 International garbage truck


Driver 3 (outside of the vehicle):

Name: Tony Batuy – Injured

Age: 48

From: Rockvale, TN

*Transported by EMS Ground to St. Thomas Rutherford


Passenger 3 (outside the vehicle)

Name: Jim Burt – No Injury

Age: 59

From: Rockvale, TN


Vehicle 4; 2012 Kia Sorenta


Driver 4

Name: Cheri Glover – No Injury

Age: 47

From: Murfreesboro, TN

Seat Belt: YES

Crash Description: Vehicle 3 (garbage truck) was traveling eastbound and stopped on Hwy 96 to service a residence. Both the driver and passenger of the truck were outside of the vehicle.  Driver of vehicle 1, who was traveling eastbound, was apparently blinded by the sunlight and struck the vehicle 3 in the rear.  Vehicle 1 was then rear ended by vehicle 2. Vehicle 4, which was traveling westbound, sustained damage due to the debris from the eastbound crash.


Dayla Qualls

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