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Drunk driving accident leaves two seriously injured

A Tennessee man who would normally be responsible for reporting news of a serious car accident was recently involved in one himself. The 31-year-old newspaper editor was driving back from dropping friends off at a nearby hospital when another driver struck his car in a head-on collision.

The accident occurred early in the morning around 6:30 a.m. The 31-year-old was driving south on a two lane highway. According to police reports, a 42-year-old driver was headed northbound when he crossed the highway's center line and crashed into the 31-year-old's car.

Both men suffered critical injuries and were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The 31-year-old broke an arm and leg and suffered major facial injuries. The 42-year-old, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized.

According to police reports, the 42-year-old is suspected of driving under the influence. The man was previously arrested and charged with several crimes including DUI, possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license.

While a formal investigation into the crash is still being conducted, both police reports and the 42-year-old's prior history seem to indicate he may have been drunk when the accident occurred. This tragic crash is a good example of how the negligent actions of individuals who chose to drive while intoxicated adversely impact not only their life, but those of innocent drivers.

Source: WATE, "Driver who hit Monroe Co. publisher suspected of driving impaired," Oct. 2, 2012

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