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Morristown family survives 100-foot drop into Clinch River

April 13th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a report in the Morristown Citizen-Tribune Shawna Pellicer and her three kids had just left church when their Easter holiday quickly turned into a nightmare.

The 37-year-old mother of three was driving her Chevy Trailblazer north on Kyle’s Valley Road in Hancock County when she reportedly hit a small patch of loose gravel. That sent the vehicle careening off the highway, sailing through the air, down a ravine over a 100-foot embankment and into the Clinch River in approximately 15-20 feet of water.

"We were terrified," said Pellicer. "Especially my daughter, she can’t swim.

"My 10-year-old son climbed through a window and swam to the bank. I got my 12-year-old out and he swam to safety. Then I grabbed my 5-year-old daughter. She was panicking."

Pellicer then pulled her daughter from the vehicle as the torrent of water began sweeping the vehicle down stream. Grasping her child, she managed to climb onto the front of the vehicle as the current pushed it down stream.

According to officials, accounts differ on what happened next.

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