Man, wife injured in accident on U.S. 321

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A two vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 321 near Watauga Lake left a man and his wife injured after another vehicle collided with their mini-van.
   According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Musick, James Sarvis, age 39, of 260 Fiddler's Branch Road, Roan Mountain, was driving his 1993 Plymouth Voyager northbound on U.S. 321/TN 67 just south of Lakeshore Marina when the accident occurred. His wife, Nancy Sarvis, age 43, of the same address, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time.
   "He (Mr. Sarvis) was slowing down for a car that was turning off in front of him when he was struck in the rear by a 1994 GMC Jimmy driven by Phyllis McNeil," Musick said.
   McNeil, age 53, of 1001 Charlie St., was not injured in the accident.
   Mrs. Sarvis was able to exit the vehicle by herself but later began complaining of pain and discomfort and was placed into a neck brace and onto a back board by responding emergency personnel. Her husband remained in the vehicle until emergency workers could extricate him after cutting the vehicle's roof off. He also sustained neck and back injuries.
   Mr. and Mrs. Sarvis were transported to the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital by members of the Carter County Rescue Squad for treatment of their injuries. Further information was unavailable about their conditions.
   According to Musick, McNeil had been on her way to a local hospital due to a family emergency at the time of the accident. "Her son had been in a serious accident in Johnson County earlier today and she was on her way to the hospital to be with him. She was very emotional," he said. "Due to the circumstances I did not charge her with anything (in connection with the accident)."