Wreck sends 2 out by Lifestar


Photo courtesy of New Tazewell Police Department A wreck on the George Brooks Memorial Bridge sent two people to UT Knoxville Medical Center by Lifestar Friday morning.

Two people were flown out to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by Lifestar Friday morning as the result of a head-on collision in New Tazewell.

According to a report from the New Tazewell Police Department (NTPD), a white Dodge Caravan was traveling north on Hwy. 33 at the George Brooks Memorial Bridge when about five witnesses said the driver, a male juvenile from Louisville, Tennessee, crossed the center line.

A Ford Explorer driven by Ronnie Dyer, 48, of Cumberland Gap, was traveling south on Hwy. 33. Officers said Dyer swerved to miss the Caravan, saw he was about to hit the bridge abutment and swerved back into oncoming traffic.

Dyer’s vehicle hit a Mercury Marquis traveling north head-on, officers said. The third vehicle was driven by Jennifer Seal, 36, of Maynardville.

Officers said Dyer was ejected several feet from his vehicle and suffered numerous injuries, including broken bones. Seal suffered numerous broken bones as well.

The exact conditions of Dyer and Seal are unknown at this time.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, according to the report.

The juvenile did not stop at the scene but was caught by officers at the Giles Flea Market on U.S. Hwy. 25E. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury and failure to render aid. He was not injured.

The wreck occurred around 7:24 a.m. Sgt. Mike Patton of the NTPD is the investigating officer.

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