KINGSPORT - A two-vehicle crash near Kingsport Wednesday sent five people to an area hospital.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, it was just before 5 p.m. Wednesday when a GMC traveling south on Tenn. Highway 36 crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a Nissan Altima head on.
"The GMC then continued on and went into a creek," said THP Trooper Travis Eggers. "It was completely submerged on its top."
The driver of the GMC, Mark Green, 45, of Gray, was able to get out of the submerged vehicle and climb to safety. No one else was in the vehicle, authorities said.
Four people were in the Nissan Altima when the wreck happened. The driver of the Nissan, Dan McMillan, 75, and his wife, Fay McMillan, 70, both of Kingsport, were transported along with Green and two 7-year-old children to the Holston Valley Medical Center emergency room.
"The most serious injury right now appears to be a broken nose to a 7-year-old passenger in the Nissan," said Eggers, adding that Green was "very lucky" to have gotten out of his submerged vehicle safely.
All individuals involved in the crash were wearing seat belts. However, the two juveniles should have been in booster seats according to state law, Eggers said. Dan McMillan was cited for failing to have a proper child restraint.
Green was cited for driving left of the center line.
Green told authorities he believes he fell asleep at the wheel, causing him to cross the center line, Eggers said.