KINGSPORT - Both drivers of vehicles in a wreck that blocked the east and westbound lanes of West Stone Drive in Kingsport on Thursday were cited for failure to maintain proper lookout for not paying attention to the traffic light.
The wreck occurred about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Lewis Lane and Highway 11-W.
Officer Bobby Schmutzler with the Kingsport Police Department said a Dodge Neon driven by Adam Dayton, 18, of Kingsport, was attempting to turn onto Lewis Lane from the eastbound lane of Highway 11-W.
In the intersection it collided with a Dodge Durango driven by Brandon Poff, 21, of Kingsport, that was traveling west on Highway 11-W, resulting in that vehicle flipping and striking a utility pole, Schmutzler said.
Both drivers said the traffic light was yellow when they entered the intersection but claimed they didn’t know what color the light was when the collision occurred, Schmutzler said.
Initially, the utility pole struck by the SUV was partially knocked down, and its lines were hanging low. Then a tractor-trailer traveling on Highway 11-W snagged the lines, pulling the pole to the ground.
An off-duty nurse had stopped at the side of the road to assist anyone who may have been hurt, and the pole’s 12,000-volt power lines came down atop her car. A snapped cable from the utility pole also knocked a light bar off a police cruiser in the second incident.
American Electric Power spokesman Isaac Webb said the wreck knocked out power to 63 customers in the area, including three restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
“There was no temporary fix,” Webb said, adding that workers remained on the scene until about 10 p.m. to replace the pole.
No one was hurt in the crash or when the utility pole went down. The latter incident is also under investigation.
The accident snarled traffic for hours, but the scene was mostly back to normal by 10 p.m.