Driver suffers injuries in head-on Sullivan County collision

Rain Smith • Sep 8, 2010 at 1:14 AM

Two vehicles collided head-on Wednesday morning in Sullivan County, with emergency crews extricating a driver whose address is about a mile from the scene.

It occurred in the 600 block of Harr Town Road, at about 10:06 a.m. According to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jeremiah Lane, a Jeep Cherokee was traveling towards Memorial Boulevard, while a Chevrolet four-door sedan approached from the opposite direction.

At the crest of a small hill the sedan's left front struck the Jeep's left front. The Jeep ended up coming to a stop with it's rear against an embankment, blocking its lane of traffic.

Meanwhile, the impact sent the Chevrolet into a 180-degree spin. It came to rest on the shoulder of the road, facing the opposite direction it had been traveling.

The Chevrolet suffered heavy damage to the front driver's side. Sgt. Lane said the collision pushed the car's dash against the driver's lower extremities, prompting his transport to Holston Valley Medical Center.

Police identified the driver as Steve Liner, age unknown, of 1041 Harr Town Road; about a mile from where the wreck occurred. Emergency crews had to cut the roof from his car for extrication, but his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Jeep Cherokee suffered minor injuries and did not require medical transport. Neither vehicle contained passengers.

Police say they have yet to determine which vehicle crossed the center line, causing the collision.

About 10 minutes after EMS transported Liner from crash, three people came running to the accident scene. A panicked man, identifying himself as Liner's brother, questioned where the driver was taken and the extent of his injuries.

After collecting some items from the totaled vehicle, he then began walking down the road. Upon hearing two deputies discussing circumstances of the collision, he turned around to offer his input.

"He didn't go over the middle of the road," yelled the man, waving his hands in the air. "That Jeep did to knock him over on the side of the road.

"Looking at how he came up over this hill I can tell you what happened," he continued

"Thank you, sir," responded a deputy, prompting the man to turn and walk away.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, with charges pending.

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