Trio escapes injury after car strikes car and building

Oneida, TN (2015-05-07) Two occupants of a vehicle that was involved in a high-speed crash that spanned an entire city block and ended up striking a building both walked away from the accident Thursday without injuries.  The driver of a second vehicle involved in the initial crash likewise wasn’t seriously injured.

Betty S. Phillips, 69, and Chester Duncan, 57, both of Oneida were momentarily pinned in the wreckage, but both escaped without any significant injuries Thursday, after Phillips’ 2008 Ford Fusion went headlong into a building on Depot Street.  According to an accident report filed by investigating Officer Blake Murphy of the Oneida Police Department, Phillips was traveling west on Depot Street, when she struck the rear of a westbound 2000 Chevy Cavalier at the intersection of Depot and Main.  Witnesses reported that Phillips was traveling at high rate of speed (estimated at between 60 and 70 miles per hour) when she struck the vehicle.  As a result of the collision, the rear of the Cavalier, which was driven by Chad E. Vaughn, age 38, Strunk, KY, went airborne momentarily, before the vehicle spun around in the roadway.  After the initial impact, Phillips’ vehicle continued westbound on Depot, traveling to the intersection of Cross and Main, where it left the road and struck the old Marcum’s Furniture Building.  After the impact, the car violently spun around and ended up eastbound in the westbound lane.

Phillips and Duncan were both trapped in the vehicle.  Duncan had to be extricated by the Oneida Fire Department and the Scott County Rescue Squad.

The trio was transported by the Scott County Ambulance Service to Pioneer Community Hospital, where they were reportedly treated for only minor injuries.

Authorities speculate that Phillips unintentionally accelerated her vehicle instead of hitting the brakes, causing the accident.

Oneida Police Chief Daryl Laxton, Oneida Officer Dustin Burke, and Scott County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lisa Anderson assisted Murphy with the investigation.