Two men, one woman injured in three car accident near lake

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

Two men and one woman were injured late Monday afternoon during a three vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 321 near Watauga Lake. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Dexter Lunceford, the accident began when the driver of a maroon Chevrolet Corsica traveling northbound on that highway crossed over the center line and struck a black Kia Spectra, driven by Joseph Dugger, age 62. ÒThat collision forced a third vehicle (a red Chevrolet Camaro), driven by Douglas Haynes, 34, to drive off the roadway to avoid a collision,Ó Lunceford said. The Chevrolet Corsica was driven by Melvin Morrison of Mountain City. Emergency workers had to remove the roof from his vehicle to safely remove him for treatment. He sustained lacerations in the accident as well as possible neck and back injuries. Morrison was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center hospital by members of the Carter County Rescue Squad for treatment. No further information was available on his condition Monday night. Dugger and his wife, Wilma Dugger, who was a passenger in the car, were both injured in the accident. Emergency workers transported both individuals to Sycamore Shoals Hospital where they were treated and later released. Haynes was uninjured in the accident. Morrison has been charged with driving left of the center line, Lunceford said. According to Lunceford, Morrison did not know what caused him to cross the center line and strike the other vehicle. ÒHe doesnÕt remember anything about what happened,Ó Lunceford said. The accident happened just south of the Shook Branch Picnic Ground of the Cherokee National Park around Watauga Lake. Traffic was limited to one lane of travel while emergency personnel worked to remove the patients and clear the