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Authorities Say Alcohol, Speeding Not Factors in David Allan Coe Accident

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Country star David Allan Coe was injured in a horrifying car accident on Tuesday morning (March 19), after he ran a red light and was broadsided by a semi truck. Though he was cited for running the light, a newly-released police report reveals that Coe was neither impaired nor speeding at the time of the accident.

The 73-year-old singer-songwriter lives in Princeton, Fla., nearby to Ocala where the accident took place. He was traveling eastbound in his 2011 Suburban when he ran the light shortly after 1:30AM. The semi was traveling north and struck Coe’s SUV, pushing it into a parking lot. Coe was taken to an area hospital with injuries to his neck and back, side pain and multiple lacerations, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.

Coe told an officer at the hospital that he cannot remember anything just prior to the crash. The report states that his vision was not impaired, but it is unknown whether something might have distracted him and caused him to run the red light.

The driver of the other vehicle — a 1996 Peterbilt — was Robert Johnson, 59. He was taken to the hospital and treated for a swollen eye and minor cuts. A hospital spokesperson said Wednesday that Johnson was in stable condition.

His passenger, 49-year-old Lisa Meade, was treated for minor injuries including side pain, then released.

As for Coe, his longtime road manager Bruce Smith said Tuesday that two upcoming shows in St. Louis and Louisville have been canceled as a result of his injuries. His next scheduled show would be on Saturday (March 23) in Scheller, Ill.

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