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Interstate 81 crash sends three teenagers to area hospitals

October 13th, 2013 11:15 pm by Staff Report

Interstate 81 crash sends three teenagers to area hospitals

KINGSPORT  — A single-vehicle crash sent three teenagers to area hospitals Saturday night.

 According to a news release from the Kingsport Police Department, KPD Patrol Officer Aaron Grimes  responded to Interstate 81 near mile marker 65 to investigate a single-vehicle crash at approximately 8:45.

 Grimes’ investigation revealed that a silver 1996 Acura Integra was traveling southbound on I-81 when the driver’s side wheels of the vehicle ran off the left side of the road into the grass median. Police said the driver, Benjamin A. Ball, 19, of Abingdon, attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the roadway; however, he overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle.

 The car spun across both southbound lanes, careened off the guardrail on the opposite side, and came to rest sideways in the roadway facing east, according to the release.

 Ball was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the crash. A front-seat passenger, a 15-year-old female, was also wearing her seat belt; however, she did sustain non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS.

 Two back-seat passengers, Adam C. Jones, 18, of Bristol, Va., and a second 15-year-old female were not wearing seat belts and were ejected during the crash. Both only sustained non-incapacitating injuries and were transported by Sullivan County EMS. Jones was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center and the juvenile was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center.

 Ball was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and failure to comply with the financial responsibility law.

 Southbound I-81 was temporarily shut down while the crash was being investigated.

 Police said the occupants of the vehicle were extremely lucky to have walked away from the crash with limited injuries. 

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