Accident leaves passenger dead, driver injured

From Staff Reports


   A traffic accident on Siam Road, near East Side Free Will Baptist Church, left one woman dead and another injured Saturday afternoon.
   According to Capt. Rusty Verran, an accident reconstructionist with the Elizabethton Police Department, the driver of the 1989 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck made a right turn onto Siam Road off of Highway 19E northbound.
   "After making the right hand turn at the intersection, the vehicle traveled approximately 150 feet and ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail," Verran said. After the truck struck the guardrail, he stated, the truck then got back on Siam Road and traveled another 150 feet before leaving the roadway a second time and striking a utility pole.
   "The passenger of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner," Verran said. "The driver was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center."
   The names of the two women involved have not yet been released, pending notification of the family, Verran said.
   It is unclear at this time as to what caused the accident and the investigation into the incident is ongoing, Verran stated. He added that witnesses to the accident were able to aid investigators by providing information on the incident with details about what they had seen.