Wrong-way driver travels miles on U.S. 64, hits 18-wheeler at Savannah

MARCH 16 – A Savannah man experiencing an apparent diabetic emergency Thursday night drove a Jeep about 2-1/2 miles on the wrong side of a divided section of four-lane U.S. 64 before slamming into an 18-wheeler just inside the city limit, according to a police report.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, John Denni Highland, 42, was transported by ambulance to Hardin Medical Center with suspected serious injuries.

Savannah Patrolman Austin King said in his report that Central Dispatch advised there had been 911 calls about a red Jeep Liberty traveling east toward the city in the westbound lane. 

The first 911 caller told police she saw the Jeep begin driving on the wrong side of the highway in Crump. It continued across the levee and the Tennessee River bridge at high speed. Oncoming traffic managed to avoid the Jeep until impact was made with the tractor-trailer at about 7:23 p.m. near the former Huddle House restaurant.


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