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The Tennessean reported a fatal wreck that killed an elderly couple December 9, 2009 on Highway 49 E in Cheatham County near the Dickson County line. Bennie and Elsie Vandgrift were killed when a van driven by James Willis crossed the center line and hit them head on.

I am very familiar with this stretch of road as I drive it frequently going to my farm on Old Lock A road. It is narrow with no shoulders. However, that is NO excuse for crossing the center line. Why did he cross over? The investigation is incomplete however, criminal charges are pending. Another drunk driver at 1 in the afternoon?

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the Vandgrift’s.

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