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Car-tractor crash leaves one seriously injured

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 9/13/22

A Shelbyville woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon when her car struck a tractor on Depot Street.

Jacalyn Bowman of Smotherman Lane was pinned in her 2015 Ford Taurus after the crash near …

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Car-tractor crash leaves one seriously injured

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A Shelbyville woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon when her car struck a tractor on Depot Street.
Jacalyn Bowman of Smotherman Lane was pinned in her 2015 Ford Taurus after the crash near the Locust Street intersection. She told rescuers she couldn’t feel her legs.
Shelbyville firefighters and Bedford County EMS workers cut the driver’s door to remove Bowman.
“Bedford County EMS rushed her to the Union Street helicopter landing pad and was met by Vanderbilt LifeFlight. Bowman was then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,” Sgt. Michael Taylor, a certified crash investigator with the Shelbyville Police Department, said in his report.
Bowman was eastbound, lost control of her car and ran into a John Deere tractor operated by Samuel W. Coats, 62, of Highway 82 South.
“She was coming right toward me and I tried to steer away from her but she ran into me,” Coats, who was not injured, told the T-G.
Tractor tire marks indicated Coats drove onto the sidewalk in an attempt to avoid the crash.
“The front left of Bowman’s car struck the left rear axle of the tractor, ripping off the front left quarter panel of the car. Bowman’s car deflected off the axle and the front of her car struck the tongue of the implement that Coats was hauling,” Taylor said in his report. “The vehicle then struck the rear trailer tire, severing the axle from the frame.”
Part of the car’s front axle of the car was embedded in one of the tractor’s rear wheels following the impact.

Initial reports were of a car hitting a house. Investigators confirmed no house was damaged.

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