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Elderly driver cited in Rogersville wreck remains hospitalized

September 24th, 2013 8:00 pm by Jeff Bobo

Elderly driver cited in Rogersville wreck remains hospitalized

The driver of this Dodge Ram pickup, Meshia Cheatham, 19, was treated and released from the Holston Valley Medical center following this wreck Monday at the intersection of 11-W and Park Boulevard in Rogersville. (photos courtesy of Rogersville Police Dep

ROGERSVILLE — An elderly Kingsport man involved in a three vehicle accident in Rogersville Monday morning remained hospitalized in fair condition as of Tuesday evening.

Rogersville police speculated that 81-year-old Edgar McDaniels may have suffered a medical emergency moments before the wreck because it didn’t appear that he attempted to brake prior to a collision at a red light on Highway 11-W.

McDaniels was cited by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Park Boulevard.

According to a THP report released Tuesday, McDaniels was driving a 2010 Subaru west on Highway 11-W, and “failed to yield the right of way” as he made a left turn onto Park Boulevard. 

The THP said the Subaru failed to stop at a red light, and turned left directly in front of a 2003 Dodge Ram which had the green light and was traveling across 11-W. 

The Subaru struck the front end of the Dodge Ram, and as a Result, the Subaru reportedly “bounced” three times, and landed on its roof against a guardrail.

After being struck by the Subaru, the Dodge Ram, driven by Meshia Cheatham, 19, of Rogersville, was knocked into a school bus that was westbound on 11-W and stopped at the red light. 

McDaniel and Cheatham were transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center via Hawkins County EMS ambulance. 

Cheatham was treated and released.

Contrary to earlier reports, the THP said Tuesday that the driver of the school bus, Mary Peavler, 65, of Rogersville, wasn’t injured and wasn’t transported to the hospital. 

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