The fatalities occurred at the intersection of 19-E and Bunker Hill Road in Bluff City about 6:30 p.m., the THP said.
The investigating trooper reported that a 1996 Ford F150 pickup driven by Michael Cook, 55, Bluff City, was traveling north on 19-E and swerving in the roadway, according to a witness’ statement.
Cook’s vehicle crossed the median into the southbound lanes and struck a 2014 Jeep Latitude driven by Kelly Roberts, 30, Bluff City, head-on.
Both Cook and Roberts were killed in the crash.
A short distance away in Carter County at about the same time, the THP said, two people were hurt in a collision near the intersection of 19-E and Keenburg Road.
According to a press release, a Mitsubishi Montero driven by Matthew Kent, 36, Elizabethton, was traveling south on 19-E when it crossed the grass median, went airborne and struck a Nissan work van driven by Charles Pierce, 53, Piney Flats, head-on.
The THP said both Kent and Pierce were transported to Johnson City Medical Center.
Kent was charged with vehicular assault as a result of DUI-third offense, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lane and having no insurance.