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Speed a factor in Blountville crash; two transported for care, baby OK

Timesnews.net Staff • May 8, 2007 at 11:21 AM


UPDATE: 23-year-old Tiffany Pippin remained in critical condition Thursday at Bristol Regional Medical Center.


BLOUNTVILLE - A single-vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Tuesday ejected two adults, leaving them in serious condition, while an infant strapped in a car seat was virtually unscathed.

A 1991 Honda Accord driven by Dustin Widener, 19, of Bristol, Tenn., was travelling east around a curve on Seneker Lane when he lost control, struck the guardrail and flipped several times. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Widener and his passenger, Tiffany Pippin, 23, also of Bristol, were ejected from the vehicle.

A 15-month-old child, Isaac Pippin, was found strapped into a car seat at the scene.

"He's got a bump on his head and a rash on his face, but he seemed to be fine," a Sullivan County Deputy said of the child.

Pippin was unconscious when taken by rescue squad to Bristol Regional Medical Center. The child was also transported for care as a precaution.

A semi-conscious Widener was airlifted by Wings Air Rescue from the scene to Holston Valley Medical Center.

The crash is currently under investigation by members of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office F.I.R.S.T. team. Speed is considered a factor in the crash.

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