Crash sends tourists to Erlanger
Posted By Sparta Live | September 27, 2005 12:00 am
A beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon was marred for two families of tourists after a motor vehicle crash sent two of them to Erlanger in critical condition.
Officers are asking for help in identifying a white vehicle reported to be in the area at the time of the crash.
According to Trooper Mark Dial with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2005 red Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Rolf Matthies, 59, of Germany, was traveling westbound on Highway 70 near the 21-mile marker. Passengers in the Cavalier were Lugeborg Matthies, 56, and Coriena Matthies, 25, both of Germany.
A motorcycle with a sidecar was also traveling westbound. The cycle was operated by James Craig, 70. His passenger was his wife, Roberta Craig, 59, both of Camden, Maine.
According to Dial, the white vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 70, around noon, Sept. 24, 2005. A single person occupied the vechicle and possibly bearing disabled tags.
Dial said witnesses said the Matthies vehicle driver had steered right to avoid colliding with a third vehicle when the driver went into the grassy, gravel on the right side of the roadway and lost control. Rolf was able to stop the vehicle.
According to Dial, the motorcycle, also traveling westbound on Highway 70, neared the crest of a hill when the operator attempted to stop before striking the stopped Cavalier. James was unable to avoid a collision and struck the Matthies; vehicle, causing both operator and passenger to be ejected.
Both Craigs were airlifted to Erlanger in critical condition Saturday, according to Dial. An update on their condition could not be obtained at press time.
The Matthies family sustained only a few minor scrapes in the crash.
Dial spoke with several witnesses on the scene, and the incident is under investigation. The trooper is asking for help in making contact with the unidentified white vehicle. This vehicle is described as a white compact, possibly GM product with a disabled tag. If anyone has information about this vehicle please call Dial at (931) 526-6143, ext. 670.