Two injured in Broad Street wreck

Photo By Rick Harris
Two men were injured and transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries they sustained in an accident Thursday afternoon on Broad Street.
By Abby Morris
Star Staff
Two men were transported to local hospitals following a two-car traffic accident on Broad Street Thursday afternoon that closed portions of the roadway.
Earnest Cook, age 85, of 1403 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, sustained lacerations after the window in the driver's door of his vehicle shattered as a result of the collision. He also sustained possible neck and back injuries.
"He had a lot of facial injuries," Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Carl Burrough said.
Kenneth Stephen Ray, age 28, of 657 Jenna Beth Drive, Apt. 6, sustained neck and back injuries in the collision, according to Burrough.
Cook was transported by Carter County Rescue Squad personnel to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He was later released. Ray was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by CCRS and was also treated and released.
Cook was charged with failure to yield by Burrough in the incident.
Burrough stated the collision occurred when Cook drove his car into the oncoming path of the vehicle Ray was driving, a 1984 Dodge Ram Charger.
"He was pulling off of Pine Street, and he pulled out in front of the Dodge and was T-boned," Burrough said. The Dodge struck Cook's vehicle in the area of the driver's door and the rear driver's side passenger door.
There was evidence at the scene to show that Ray attempted to stop his vehicle to avoid striking Cook's car. According to Burrough, skid marks approximately 50 feet long were visible in the Dodge's lane of travel which would indicate that the Dodge had been traveling approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour at the time of the collision.