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Spring Hill woman in stable condition after being LifeFlighted from I-65 accident Saturday night

A Spring Hill mother and owner of a Cool Springs business, who was dragged by a pick-up truck on Interstate-65 Saturday, is in stable condition this morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Ruth Wood, of Spring Hill, who owns Pure Nutrition located on Seaboard Lane was driving southbound Saturday when police say she stopped to assist another motorist, but became involved in a bizarre turn of events.
Police report that about 5:25 p.m. Franklin 911 received calls that an individual had been struck on I-65 near Cool Springs Boulevard.
Arriving officers quickly determined that the southbound driver of a pickup truck, 19-year-old Tyler Payne from Dickson County, stopped in the middle of the Interstate while experiencing a possible medical emergency. 
Wood, who was traveling behind the truck was trying to be a “Good Samaritan” and pulled to the outside shoulder and ran to the driver of the pickup to help. 
While she was trying to help, for reasons unknown, the driver of the pickup rapidly accelerated, dragging Wood across the Interstate, crashing into the concrete divider and a stopped semi on the inside shoulder. 
Southbound lanes of I-65 were closed while LifeFlight landed on the Interstate and airlifted her to Vanderbilt. The driver of the pickup was also transported to Vanderbilt by ambulance.
The driver of the pickup’s identity was not available at press time. The incident shut down I-65 in Franklin for two and a half hours.

Posted on: 2/17/2014


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