The Bell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a vehicle and ATV crash that occurred on U.S. 119 at Pineville on Friday.
According to a press release, the crash occurred in front of First State Financial Bank. Bell County Deputy Jared Smith discovered the collision of a Honda 450 ATV operated by Charles Payne Jr., 42, with passenger April Bush. 46, both of Pineville, and a silver KIA, driven by Jodi Johns Pursiful of Pineville.
Smith said that Payne had pulled out of an area a few yards from the entrance to the bank, and into the path of Pursiful’s vehicle. The vehicle hit the front right side of Pursiful’s car and upon impact ejected both Payne and Brock into the roadway.
Bell County EMS arrived on scene and administered medical attention to all three involved in the crash. Also arriving to assist on scene and with traffic control was the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department and Pineville Police Department.
Pursiful was not injured. Bush and Payne were taken by Bell County EMS to a landing zone near Pineville Community Hospital and flown to UT Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both north and southbound lanes of U.S. 25E were closed by authorities to traffic for approximately 30 minutes while two helicopters were loaded with the patients. Assisting Smith was Deputy Patrick Brooks and Sgt. Dan Tuttle.