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Wellmont flight paramedic killed in I-81 crash

Staff Report • Jan 28, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Bristol Herald-Courier is reporting that Welmont flight paramedic Johnny Earl Morphew, Jr., 48, was killed Wednesday morning at a wreck on I-81. Morphew was also a veteran Chilowie and Bristol, Va. firefighter and paramedic.Morphew was driving a 2001 Hyundai going south when his vehicle was hit by a 1988 Ford Econoline van going north in the southbound lanes. He died at the scene of the crash.Police told reporters that they are not sure why Michael Eugene Garner, 36, of Coeburn, Va., was on the wrong side of the road. Garner was driving without a license.The wreck is still under investigation.

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