Mt. Juliet couple stops to help teens critically injured in crash

Photo:  WKRN
Photo: WKRN

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Mt. Juliet couple stopped to help two teens who were seriously injured after their SUV ran off the road, flipped and landed at the bottom of an embankment on Thursday night.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the two 16-year-olds were traveling in an SUV westbound on Lebanon Road while a pickup truck that was going eastbound. The teen driver of the SUV tried to turn left onto Crooks Road, cutting in front of the truck, but was struck.

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Tyler Drennon and Kaylee Nelson witnessed the crash and stopped to help. The teens’ SUV had landed upside down.

Nelson said, “I just heard [the teen girl] screaming. That was the most awful thing.”

“[Kaylee] was able to get to the driver, assist him out, and I stayed up there to call 911, and trying to get EMS out here,” said Drennon.

Both teens survived the crash, likely because they were wearing seat belts.

“Wear your seat belts. Be grateful for life, because it could be taken away so fast,” said Nelson.

Drennon added, “If that was our children, I would hope someone would react the same way, so, just kind of pay it forward.”

The 16-year-old driver was cited for failure to exercise due care for turning in front of the oncoming pickup truck.

Photo:  WKRN
Photo: WKRN