Four ice-related wrecks overnight in Hawkins send three to the hospital

Jeff Bobo • Jan 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Rescue Squad is using Facebook to keep the public updated about potential road hazards such as the black ice that caused at least eight wrecks over a 24-hour period Monday and early Tuesday.

Throughout the day Monday, the HCRS posted warnings about black ice as well as updates when a wreck took place.

HCRS Lt. Corey Young said the organization wants to raise awareness about its Facebook alert system and to invite the public to report hazards via Facebook messenger as well.

He said it’s the best way to give the public up-to-date, real-time road condition reports in an area as rural and spread out as Hawkins County.

“Sometimes we’re all on emergency calls, so information is a little delayed, but we try to keep it updated as much as we can,” Young told the Times News Tuesday. “We want people to be aware of the road conditions out there. We’ve been doing this since the end of last year. We figured it was a good way to get information out — weather related hazards, road closings, flooding in the summertime, black ice in the wintertime, accidents, hazardous conditions. Just any information we can get out there to help the public be safer.”

You can receive HCRS road condition updates by going to its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hawkinscountyrescuesquad/) and clicking “like.”

Four Monday morning ice-related wrecks were reported in Tuesday’s Times News.

The worst was a T-bone collision on Highway 11-W at the Marble Hall Road intersection west of Rogersville which sent a woman and three small children to the hospital.

There was also a single-vehicle wreck at a curve on McKinney Chapel Road;  a vehicle hit a guardrail about a half-mile west of the Marble Hall Road crash on 11-W; and the driver escaped injury in a rollover on Main Street in Surgoinsville at the Thurman Lane intersection.

The following ice-related wrecks occurred late Monday and early Tuesday.

* At 8:59 p.m. Monday on Thorpes Chapel Road in the Persia Community south of Rogersville, a single vehicle slid off the roadway and down an embankment, resulting in one person transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

HCRS and Persia VFD responded to the scene.

* At 11:03 p.m. in the 1400 block of Route 70-S near Tarpine Valley Road south of Rogersville near the Greene County line, a vehicle slid off the roadway and into a ditch. The lone occupant was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

HCRS and Persia VFD responded to the scene.

* At 2:48 a.m. Tuesday on Route 113 near Liberty Hill Church Road in the St. Clair community, a Volkswagen slid off the roadway, down an embankment and lodged against a couple of trees.

Agencies that responded included the HCRS, Church Hill Rescue Squad, Morristown Rescue Squad and volunteer firefighters from Persia and Bulls Gap.

Extricating the driver took about 50 minutes.

“It was a very lengthy extrication to get the patient out,” Young said. “We had to remove the roof and doors on the vehicle and lift the dash to free his legs.”

The driver’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, but he apparently did suffer some broken bones, and he was transported to the hospital.

* At 4:26 a.m. Tuesday on Route 70-N at the Clinch Valley Road intersection, a vehicle apparently ran off the roadway into a ditch while trying to stop at the intersection. It was originally reported as an injury accident with both the HCRS and CHRS being dispatched. While, en route, however, both rescue squads were called off when it turned out to be a non-injury accident.

Clinch Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

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