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Hawkins woman ejected in wreck remains in critical condition

Jeff Bobo • Sep 28, 2017 at 8:45 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman was critically injured Monday morning after the van she was driving veered off Highway 11-W and down an embankment at the intersection of West Main Boulevard, resulting in her ejection from the vehicle.

Police told the Times-News that when they arrived at the wreck scene shortly after 10 a.m., there was no one in the van.

After several minutes of searching, rescuers located the driver and lone occupant, Teresa J. McKinney, 53, of Rogersville, about 50 feet from the van down a wooded embankment.

Church Hill Police Department Chief Mark Johnson told the Times-News Wednesday that the cause of the wreck is unknown, although family members indicated that McKinney is prone to sudden health issues that could have been responsible.

According to a report compiled by CHPD Officer Dustin Dean, at 10:05 a.m. Monday McKinney was traveling west on 11-W in a 2001 Dodge Caravan when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch as it approached the West Main Boulevard intersection.

The van then traveled about 105 feet in the ditch before striking a culvert at the intersection, which caused the vehicle to go airborne for about 55 feet across the intersection and into a guardrail.

Upon striking the guardrail, the van flipped onto its top.

Dean’s report indicates that McKinney wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and she was ejected through the windshield.

After flipping over the guardrail, the van traveled another 38 feet in the air, landed on it wheels, and struck two trees.

McKinney was transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center Monday with life-threatening injuries via Wings Air Rescue.

Police said that as of Wednesday she remained in critical condition.                                                                   

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