Wreck sends three to hospital, snarls traffic on Highway 11-W

Rain Smith • Mar 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Victims of a two-car collision are removed from their crumpled vehicles. Ned Jilton II photo.


A Friday afternoon traffic accident involving two automobiles -- rolling one onto its roof then back onto its wheels -- sent three victims to the hospital, including one in critical condition.

The wreck occurred about 2:15 p.m. at the entrance to Wal-Mart SuperCenter on West Stone Drive. According to Kingsport Police Officer Dale Farmer, a Chrysler Town and Country minivan turning left onto Stone Drive from Lawson Drive was T-boned by a westbound Chevrolet Blazer.

According to police, the Chevrolet had run a red light.

"The impact caused the van to roll over, spin on its top striking a guide wire for a power line, and land back on its wheels," Farmer said.

A female passenger in the T-boned van took the brunt of the impact. She was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center and is in critical condition. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Farmer said the driver who ran the red light was also transported for care, with non-life threatening injuries.

Rescue personnel closed westbound Highway 11-W for about five minutes. Police then periodically closed lanes of traffic to allow EMS crews to and from the scene.

Farmer said the guide wire hit by the flipping van was broken, but caused no extensive damage.

As of late Friday, Kingsport police had not released the names of those involved.

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