A three-vehicle collision sent two drivers to the hospital after a semi truck’s brakes failed as it passed through Pembroke Road and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, according to a Hopkinsville police report.

The report stated that Lydia Bravard, 32, Hopkinsville, was driving east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the left lane stopped at the light while Tracy Heaton, 45, Elkton, was also driving east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the right lane.

Jerry Turpen, 50, Clarkesville, Georgia, was driving north on Pembroke Road in the right lane when he approached a yellow light. As he approached the light, Turpen attempted to brake, but his brakes failed and he continued through the intersection, the report states.

At that time, Heaton got a green light and proceeded through the intersection. Bravard told officers she paused for a moment before she began to drive through the intersection.

Bravard realized that Turpen was going to collide with Heaton and attempted to swerve out of the way of the collision, she told police.

Turpen’s vehicle struck the right side of Heaton’s vehicle, causing the front of her vehicle to be pushed into the right side of Bravard’s vehicle.

The collision caused severe damage to both Heaton and Bravard’s vehicles and both went to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for injuries.

Turpen didn’t complain of injuries, but during his interview with police, passed out after having trouble breathing, the report added. After waking up, Turpen refused EMS.

This information was obtained through police, police reports or the Christian County Jail. Readers are reminded that a charge is only an accusation and everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

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