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By Wayne Thomas, staff writer
Three people were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after they were injured in a four-vehicle accident Friday night around 11:45 p.m. in Manchester. A senior student-athlete at Central High School was among those injured.
According to a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 1996 Dodge Caravan operated by Mark Ainsworth, 48, of Morrison was traveling from Manchester toward Woodbury when the vehicle swerved toward the left to avoid a ladder in the roadway. Ainsworth then crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2005 Nissan Altima operated by Anna Spellings, 18, of Manchester.
Then another accident was caused when a Chevrolet Silverado operated by James A. Short, 36, of Beech Grove, collided with a Toyota Sequoia operated by James Lester, 35, of Manchester. The THP says the department is still investigating the sequence that caused those two drivers to collide.
Spellings, who plays softball at CHS, and Ainsworth were flown by air ambulance to Vanderbilt, as was Kelly Bartin, who was a passenger in the Toyota.
The highway patrol reports that Lester did receive injuries and was treated at a Manchester hospital for his injuries.
Short was not injured. He was charged with DUI.
Ainsworth was charged with second offense of driving on revoked license and reckless driving. The THP reports that other charges are pending.
Troopers, deputies and other emergency personnel worked for some time to free the crash victims and get them to a hospital.