Vehicle accident injures mother, son
By Abby Morris


   An Elizabethton woman and her teenage son were both injured Friday afternoon in a single vehicle accident on Highway 91 in the Stoney Creek Community.
   Melissa Vines, 34, 411 Broad St., was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center following the accident by Wings Air Rescue. Her son, Jake Vines, 14, was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by Carter County Rescue Squad personnel. Both were treated for their injuries and released. Further information on their condition was not available Saturday night.
   According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jerry Proffitt, the accident began when the late model blazer driven by Melissa Vines left the roadway in the area of mile marker 14 as she was traveling southbound on Highway 91.
   After leaving the roadway, Proffitt said, the vehicle skidded along a guardrail and then struck an embankment. "The vehicle traveled approximately 40 feet along the embankment before flipping," he stated. According to Proffitt, the vehicle traveled approximately 150 feet from the initial point where it left the roadway to where it stopped after being flipped onto its top.
   Investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing and charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation, Proffitt said.
   Emergency personnel from the Carter County Rescue Squad, Carter County Sheriff's Department and Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.
   Traffic in the area was shut down to one lane temporarily while crews worked to remove the vehicle from the roadway.