Emergency personnel work at the scene of a wreck on Highway 11-W in Mount Carmel on Monday. Photos by Ned Jilton II.
MOUNT CARMEL — Four people suffered non life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon in Mount Carmel in a two-vehicle accident that kept the westbound lane of Highway 11-W shut down for an hour.
Police Chief Mike Campbell said it was the worst wreck at the intersection of 11-W and Hammond Avenue since the new red lights were installed last year.
Around 2:15 p.m. Monday, rescuers were called to the intersection after a westbound Chevy Blazer rear-ended a Toyota Avalon that was stopped at the red light.
Campbell told the Times-News one witness indicated that the Blazer appeared to be attempting to beat the red light, but apparently didn’t realize the Avalon had stopped.
“The Blazer just plowed right into the rear end of the Avalon, which had come to a complete stop,” Campbell said. “It knocked the Avalon all the way through the intersection, and it was sitting on the right side shoulder about 50 yards from impact. It hit hard enough to break the driver’s seat in the Avalon.”
Campbell added, “Following the impact, the Blazer rolled over and landed in the middle of the intersection.”
Rescuers cut the top off the Blazer to remove the two occupants from that vehicle.
They and the two occupants of the Avalon were transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center emergency room.
Campbell said the injuries weren’t life threatening. None of the names of the people involved had been released as of Monday evening.
“Everybody was wearing seat belts,” Campbell said. “The people in the Blazer had cuts and bruises, but no broken bones. The same goes for the couple in the Avalon, but they’re probably also looking at some neck and back injuries.”
Westbound 11-W traffic was rerouted along Main Street beginning at Independence Avenue.
The driver of the Blazer didn’t have a driver’s license, but he said it was at home.
He did have proof of insurance, however.
Campbell said charges are pending against the driver of the Blazer.