In The Vehicles
BY JOHN M. JONES JR.
A young man believed to be from Elizabethton was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center from Greeneville early Friday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 11E here.
Three other people involved in the collision between a pickup truck and an SUV apparently escaped injury. Two of them were examined at a local hospital emergency room as a precautionary measure, then released.
Austin Adkins, about 20, a passenger in the SUV, was airlifted to JCMC by Wings Air Rescue as the result of the accident, according to Robert Sayne, director of Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services.
Repeated efforts by The Greeneville Sun and others to confirm his presence there Friday evening and to check on his condition were unsuccessful.
Not injured in the accident were Adkins' mother, Dana Hardesty; Cheyenne Reynoso; and Robert Stott.
Reynoso and Stott, both of Greene County, were taken by ambulance to Takoma Regional Hospital following the accident, according to Sayne.
Both were examined there and then released, a hospital spokesman said.
Hardesty was not believed to have been injured, Sayne said, and she accompanied her injured son to Johnson City.
Addresses and ages of those involved in the crash were not available as of late Friday afternoon.
The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 11E (West Andrew Johnson Highway) and Twin Barns Road, and traffic was backed up temporarily in both directions.
According to Greeneville Chief of Police Terry Cannon, Stott was driving north on U.S. 11E in a white 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck, and Hardesty was driving from Twin Barns Road in a blue 2004 Ford Explorer SUV.
The collision occurred when Hardesty attempted to cross U.S. 11E to Mount Pleasant Road, Chief Cannon stated.
The accident is still being investigated by the police department, he said. No charges had been placed as of late Friday afternoon.