Smithville Woman Airlifted to Erlanger Hospital after Thursday night Wreck

A 61 year old Smithville woman was injured in a one car crash around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night on Highway 56 south near the intersection of Keltonburg Road.
Lieutenant Randy Maynard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Paula Gail Smith was driving north on Highway 56 in a 2000 Ford Contour when the car veered over the center line across the southbound lane and went off the road into a ditch and then struck a culvert. The car overturned and came to rest on it’s top at the edge of the highway.
Lieutenant Maynard says Smith was wearing her seatbelt and the car’s airbag deployed upon impact. She was removed from the vehicle by DeKalb EMS.
Members of the Keltonburg and Blue Springs stations of the DeKalb County Fire Department were also on the scene.
Smith was airlifted by a helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga where she was still in critical condition at last report.

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