Occur On Newport
Hwy., 11E In
BY TOM YANCEY
Three fatalities resulted from three separate motor vehicle accidents in Greene County over the weekend -- one on Saturday night and two on Sunday.
* A head-on crash Saturday night killed a Greeneville man who was the driver of a 1995 Escort that was heading north in the southbound lanes of the Newport Highway (U.S. Highway 321), according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
* A Sunday-morning accident took the life of a Chattanooga teen who, the THP said, was a passenger in a car whose driver lost control and hit the rear of a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 11E in Mosheim.
* A Sunday-night crash took place on Interstate 81 near Mile Marker 32 and killed the driver of a 1987 Bronco II that was hit in the rear by a larger SUV, according to the THP.
NEWPORT HWY. HEAD-ON
The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the driver of the Escort that was headed the wrong way on the Newport Highway on Saturday night as James R. Williams, 71, of Light Street, Greeneville.
Williams was killed instantly, observers said. Trooper Jeremy Shelton reported that Williams was alone in the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt.
The accident occurred at 8:39 p.m. within 0.1 miles of the intersection with Old Route 35, the trooper reported.
The driver of the 2003 Toyota that Williams hit head-on was identified as Denzel Jordan Cates, 19, of Canah Hollow Road, Newport. Cates was not wearing a seat belt, the trooper reported.
A spokesperson at Johnson City Medical Center said Cates was in serious condition this morning.
One of the two passengers in the Cates vehicle was identified as Christian P. Ramsey, 18, of Highway 73, Newport. The trooper said Christian Ramsey was wearing a seat belt.
He was in "fair" condition at JCMC this morning, a spokesperson said.
The other passenger in the Cates vehicle was identified as Login Ramsey, 13, of Highway 73, Newport, who was wearing a seat belt.
Those at the scene said Login Ramsey was taken to Morristown Hamblen Hospital by Greene County/Greeneville Emergency Medical Services, but no information was available about him there this morning.
The Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad worked to extricate Williams' body from the crash, a spokesman said.
CRASH IN MOSHEIM
An accident Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 11E in Greene County within the city limits of Mosheim took the life of a 19-year-old Chattanooga man and left another man hospitalized in critical condition.
Trooper David Good of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident took place at 8:10 a.m. in dry, sunny conditions.
Trooper Good said a witness told him a 2004 Nissan Maxima driven by Nathaniel Lamar Love, 18, of Chattanooga, was southbound on 11E in the left lane when the driver lost control, went into the right lane, and struck a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer in the trailer's rear area.
The tractor-trailer was also southbound, in the right lane.
The accident occurred about 0.1 mile south of the intersection of 11E and Blue Springs Parkway, within sight of the historic Shields Ayers house.
A passenger in the front seat of the Maxima, Colton Botlay, 19, of Chattanooga, was transported from the scene by Wings helicopter ambulance to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A passenger in the rear of the car, Jamaal Reynolds, 18, of Chattanooga, was also flown by Wings to JCMC. He was in "critical" condition Sunday night, but was in "serious" condition there this morning.
The tractor-trailer driver, Claude Palmer Jr., of Stover, Mo., was not injured.
The trooper said the driver of the car, Love, is a U.S. Marine on leave from active duty at a base in California.
Love was transported to JCMC by Greene County/Greeneville Emergency Medical Services ambulance, where he was treated and later released.
Trooper Good said possible charges are pending. He noted that the accident is still under investigation by himself and the THP Critical Incident Response Team.
The THP was assisted by the Town of Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department and the Greene County Sheriff's Department,
I-81 REAR-END ACCIDENT
A two-vehicle accident at 9:09 p.m. Sunday night on Interstate 81 near Mile Marker 32 left Colburn D. Owen, 74, of Morristown, dead at the scene, the THP reported.
Trooper Eric Wise stated that Owen's vehicle was traveling south in the right lane of I-81, and a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban was also southbound behind it.
The Suburban, driven by Scottie A. Carpenter, 40, of Eagles Nest Drive, Morristown, hit the Bronco in the rear, the trooper reported, causing the Bronco to run off the right side of the road, hit an embankment, and overturn.
Owen was wearing a seat belt, the trooper reported.
Trooper Wise reported that charges are pending.
Witnesses at the scene said two children were in the Bronco, and the children were flown from the scene by helicopter ambulance. However, the THP reported no injuries in that vehicle other than the driver, who was killed.
A passenger in the Suburban, Ramelle Carpenter, 41, of the same address as the driver, was listed as injured, and flown from the scene.
Three children were in the Suburban, witnesses at the scene told the Sun, but did not appear to be injured, witnesses said, and were not listed by the THP as injured.
Witnesses said the Suburban did not leave the roadway and came to a stop on the safety lane along the Interstate.
The Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene from soon after 9 p.m. until after 1 a.m. this morning, Capt. Ayers said.
The Greene County Sheriff's Department also assisted in each of the three accidents.