This contributed photo from the Kingsport Police Department shows the two vehicles involved in a fiery wreck on Fort Henry Drive Saturday night.
Kingsport crash reconstructionists said one vehicle was traveling 104 mph when it struck an SUV, causing a fiery crash on Fort Henry Drive and claiming one life, the Kingsport Police Department said today.
The head-on collision occurred around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday. KPD said a dark colored Acura was traveling north on Fort Henry Drive. Crash reconstructionists with the KPD Traffic Unit calculated the Acura was traveling 104 mph when it crossed the center line and struck a blue Ford Expedition head on. The Expedition was traveling at 35 mph.
Shortly after impact, both vehicles burst into flames.
The driver of the Acura died and KPD said it will not release the identity of the person driving pending notification of relatives. There were three people in the Expedition; Walter T. Bellamy, Angela K. Bellamy and Colton S. Bellamy. All three are listed in critical condition.
Five people stopped to help and pulled the three victims from the Expedition out of the flaming SUV to safety. Justin Addington, 23, Kingsport, Chris Faber, 26, Johnson City, R.L. Williams, 60, Kingsport, Brian Woliver, 27, Kingsport, and Joe Erwin, 27, Kingsport, stopped to pull the victims from the crash. They tried to pull the driver of the Acura out of the car, but the flames prevented them from doing so. Addington suffered a minor burn on his hand, Woliver suffered a non-life threatening burn/abrasion/bruise to face resulting from an explosion in the dashboard of the Ford SUV during the fire while Faber, Williams and Erwin didn't suffer any injuries.
"The Kingsport Police Department would like to commend these brave citizens who placed their own well-being at risk to save the lives of three complete strangers," Tom Patton, KPD public information officer, said in a press release. "Were it not for their prompt response and selfless action, more lives would likely have been lost."