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UPDATE: Wreck at I-81, I-26 interchange leaves Johnson City woman 'battling' for her life

April 14th, 2013 7:09 pm by Jeff Bobo

UPDATE: Wreck at I-81, I-26 interchange leaves Johnson City woman 'battling' for her life

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Updated at 9:25 p.m.


KINGSPORT — Police said a woman who was ejected from a Jeep in a single-vehicle rollover accident Sunday evening on I-81 was “battling” for her life Sunday night.


The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 were closed at the I-26 interchange in Kingsport while the Jeep’s passenger — identified as Brenda Fatherree, 47, of Johnson City — was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center via rescue helicopter.


The driver of the Jeep, Albert Fatherree III, 49, of Johnson City, was not ejected and was taken to HVMC via ambulance.


He was listed in stable condition Sunday night.


The KPD Traffic Unit was dispatched to the single-vehicle rollover Sunday at 6:07 p.m.


KPD Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Joe Earles said the investigation revealed that a 2001 Jeep Wrangler was traveling south on I-81 when the driver, Albert Fatherree, “made a maneuver for an unknown reason to the right near mile marker 56.8 and lost control.”


The Jeep reportedly exited the roadway on the right side into the grassy area near the off ramp to Johnson City via I-26.


Earles said the Jeep then rolled and Brenda Fatherree was ejected.


Kingsport Fire Department Chief Deputy Jim Everhart told the Times-News that Mrs. Fatherree appeared to have life-threatening injuries at the time she was flown from the scene.


“He’s in stable condition,” Earles told the Times-News. “She’s injured much worse. She’s still battling.”


Southbound I-81 was reopened to one lane during cleanup after the rescue helicopter took off from the scene around 6:30 p.m.


Earles said the investigation by the traffic unit is ongoing.



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Updated at 8:25 p.m.


The southbound lane of Interstate 81 at the Interstate 26 interchange was closed for a short time Sunday while one of two occupants of a vehicle that rolled near the off ramp was flown out via rescue helicopter.


The single-vehicle accident was dispatched at 6:08 p.m. Sunday.


Kingsport Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Everhart told the Times-News that a female occupant of the vehicle was ejected and was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center.


Everhart said the female appeared to suffer life-threatening injuries. A male occupant of the vehicle was transported via ambulance to HVMC, and Everhart said he didn’t appear to have live-threatening injuries.


The accident remains under investigation by the Kingsport Police Department.


The southbound lane of I-81 was reopened to one lane after the rescue helicopter took off from the scene around 6:30 p.m.


The Times-News will release more information as it becomes available.


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The southbound lane of Interstate 81 at the Interstate 26 interchange was closed for a short time while an occupant of a vehicle that rolled near the off ramp was flown out via rescue helicopter.


The single-vehicle accident was dispatched at 6:08 p.m. Sunday. The condition of the occupant is not known at this time, but according to police radio communications one woman was ejected from the vehicle.


Southbound I-81 was reopened to one lane after the rescue helicopter took off from the scene around 6:30 p.m.


The Times-News will release more information as it becomes available.


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