One man injured in collision

By Abby Morris

STAR STAFF
amorris@starhq.com

   A two-vehicle collision near Wal-Mart just after noon Thursday left one man injured. Two others escaped without injury.
   Timothy D. Garland, 29, Watauga Road, Watauga, was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment of his injuries after emergency personnel from the Carter County Rescue Squad and Elizabethton Fire Department extricated him from his vehicle. He was listed in satisfactory condition Thursday night.
   According to Elizabethton Police Department PTL Carl Burroughs, Garland was traveling west on West Elk Avenue in a 1995 Nissan Sentra when he struck a 2000 Ford F-150 truck at the intersection of West Elk and Bemberg Road. The truck was driven by Hiram Campbell, 75, 1428 Morris Road, Butler. His wife, Mary Campbell, was a passenger in the truck.
   Burroughs said that Mr. Campbell was traveling east on West Elk at the time of the collision. "The truck was going to make a left hand turn going into Wal-Mart," he said. "Timothy Garland was going west and he ran the red light."
   Mr. and Mrs. Campbell both stated that they were not injured from the accident. "I bruised my leg is all," Mrs. Campbell said.
   The wreck happened quickly, according to Mr. Campbell. "I was turning in here when he hit me. I didn't even see him coming," he said.
   The car driven by Garland struck the truck in the area of the rear passenger side wheel. After the collision, both vehicles ended up facing east bound in West Elk Avenue blocking the west bound lanes of traffic. "It was a hard hit," Burroughs said.
   According to Burroughs, all of the parties involved in the accident were wearing their safety belts at the time of the collision. "I learned a long time ago that it's best to wear a seatbelt," said Mr. Campbell.
   The portion of Bemberg Road turning onto West Elk Avenue was temporarily closed as a result of the wreck as EPD officers rerouted traffic around the emergency workers.