Update: 8:30 a.m.
KINGSPORT — One person was killed and three others critically injured in a fiery two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night in Kingsport.
According to the Kingsport Police Department, the head-on collision happened at approximately 8:15 p.m. at 3100 Fort Henry Drive near South Street.
Police have not released the identity of the person killed in the wreck pending notification of relatives. The names of those injured in the crash were also not released.
KPD said the wreck happened when a passenger car traveling north on Fort Henry at a high rate of speed crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a Ford SUV head on.
Shortly after impact, authorities said both vehicles erupted into flames.
Several witnesses to the wreck said a black car could be seen traveling at what they estimated was between 85 and 100 mph shortly before a loud impact was heard.
Police said passersby stopped to assist and that two individuals were able to pull the occupants of the burning SUV to safety.
The individuals who rescued the occupants of the SUV also tried to save the driver of the passenger vehicle involved in the wreck, but were unable to do so because of the flames engulfing the car.
Police said the car's driver received fatal injuries in the crash. All three occupants of the SUV were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where they were receiving treatment for critical injuries.
The crash is being investigated by the KPD's Traffic Unit. Police did not say what caused the driver to enter oncoming traffic, or comment on other factors that might have played a role in the wreck.
The accident caused both north and southbound lanes of Fort Henry to be closed for several hours Friday night while crews attempted to cleanup the wreck. All four lanes of Fort Henry Drive between John B. Dennis and the Murphy Gas Station at Walmart were reopened at 11 p.m.
KINGSPORT — Kingsport police said two vehicles were involved in a fiery crash Saturday night that reportedly caused multiple injuries.
According to Kingsport Central Dispatch, the wreck occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m. at 3100 Fort Henry Drive near the intersection with John B. Dennis Bypass.
The cause of the accident was not released, but authorities said one, if not two vehicles, caught on fire as a result of the wreck.
Police said multiple motorists were injured in the wreck, but did not divulge their condition or say if any fatalities had occurred.
The Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Fire Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and local rescue crews all responded to the scene. All four lanes of Fort Henry Drive between John B. Dennis and the Murphy Gas Station at Walmart were closed until 11 p.m.
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