ROGERSVILLE — A mother was killed and two children, ages 4 and 14, were in critical condition after a van rolled several times on Clinch Valley Road on Wednesday afternoon, ejecting all three occupants.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said neither the mother nor the children were wearing seat belts.
The THP said a child restraint device was in use for the 4-year-old, but wasn't being used properly.
According to a report filed by THP Trooper David Good, a 2002 Pontiac driven by Michelle L. Hunt, 35, of Treadway, was traveling west on Clinch Valley Road around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Good said Hunt was attempting to negotiate a curve when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road.
"The vehicle then overcorrected and traveled back onto the roadway," Good stated in his report. "The vehicle overcorrected again, causing the vehicle to lose control, traveling back off the right side of the roadway, striking an earth embankment. The vehicle then overturned, ejecting all occupants."
Hunt's passengers included her daughters, ages 14 and 4.
Good stated in his report that seat belts and properly used child restraint would have made a difference.
Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell told the Times-News that the 4-year-old stopped breathing at the scene and was revived by paramedics before Lifestar Air Rescue transported her to the Children's Hospital in Johnson City.
"She was alive when she got to Johnson City," Murrell said.
Murrell said the 14-year-old, who was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center via Wings Air Rescue, was also critically injured.
The accident occurred at 1686 Clinch Valley Road, between Clinch School and the Route 66 intersection.
"I don't know what happened, but it was a long wreck with a lot of debris," Murrell said. "It went off the road several times and rolled every possible way a vehicle can roll. It looked like it might have been a minivan, but to be honest, I couldn't tell what it was."comments powered by Disqus