Dash cam captures horrific crash involving Williamson deputy - WKRN News 2

Dash cam captures horrific crash involving Williamson deputy

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The crash happened around 9 a.m. Monday on I-65 South in Spring Hill. The crash happened around 9 a.m. Monday on I-65 South in Spring Hill.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

A Williamson County sheriff's deputy is among those lucky to be alive following a frightening crash on Interstate 65 in Spring Hill Monday morning.

Deputy Kevin Jones was seated in his patrol car with an officer from Georgia writing a ticket to a driver from Texas when their car was hit by a passing motorist.

The two officers were pinned in the vehicle for several minutes and had to be extricated.

The dash cam video from Jones' car is dramatic.

The violent collision is clearly audible and you can see parts flying in the video.  You can also hear the officers as they moan in pain.

The impact literally knocks 30-year-old Teddy Howard off the guard rail where he is sitting outside his car while the deputy writes his ticket.

One minute you see Howard. The next you don't

Miraculously, Howard is okay and immediately runs to the aid of the driver who struck the officers, Alabama resident Debra Benefield.

The video shows her Lexus SUV spinning on its side in the middle of the interstate, 50 yards down the road.

Capt. Roddy Parker says it appears Benefield was attempting to follow the move over law but overcorrected when she tried to switch lanes.

"She was trying to do the right thing. Traffic was heavy and she lost control of her car," he told Nashville's News 2.

On the dash cam video you can hear Deputy Jones radioing in the wreck.

"We've been rear-ended on side of the road. Multiple vehicles, both me and my partner are injured," he says.

Moments later, the video shows two nurses from Vanderbilt stop to help

One says, "My name is Silvia.  I am a nurse at Vanderbilt. Can you move your legs? Just try and be still."

By this time, Howard returns to the deputy's car.

"Are you okay buddy?" the deputy asks him.
Howard replies, "I'm cool.  I'm good.  I just dove down the hill, took a little spill."
"Where are the people who hit us?" Jones asks. "Are they okay?"
"Its one old lady, said she lost control of the wheel," Howard says.
Jones asks, "Is she okay?"
"I got her out," Howard continues. "I pulled her out."
"You are not hurt?" Jones asks again.
"I'm good.  I have some bumps and bruises. I rolled down the hill but I'm straight," Howard says.

The crash remains under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

No charges have been filed although Howard was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Deputy Jones is expected to be back on the job soon.

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