Two injured in U.S. Highway 321 accident


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Two people were injured and trasported to the Johnson City Medical Center following this accident on Highway 321 in the Little Milligan community Thursday afternoon.

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred on U.S. Highway 321 in the Little Milligan community Thursday afternoon.
One of the drivers, Jeffrey Franklin Reece, age 27, of 131 Elmer Reece Rd., Butler, was transported to Little Milligan Elementary School by Carter County Rescue Squad medical personnel and was med-flighted from that location to the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital by Wings Air Rescue. Emergency workers on the scene had to extricate Reece from the vehicle.
The driver of the other vehicle, Mary J. Vanackeren, age 61, of Afton, Tenn., was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by CCRS personnel.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Brad Proffitt, Reece was attempting to make a left hand turn off of Whaleytown Road onto Highway 321 when the vehicle he was driving pulled into the path of a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Vanackeren. "We can tell this by the course of the roadway evidence and the damage that was done to the vehicles," Proffitt said.
The Trailblazer struck Reece's vehicle in the area of the driver's side front wheel. "The trailblazer has damage to the front end, but it also has damage to the passenger-side rear door," Proffitt said.
According to Proffitt, evidence at the scene showed that Vanackeren attempted to avoid the collision when the vehicle Reece was driving pulled into her path as she was traveling southbound on U.S. 321. "She apparently thought she could miss him so she swerved to try to avoid him and they impacted," Proffitt said. "The impact spun the Dynasty (Reece's vehicle) around and the vehicles impacted again and the Dynasty was shot off into the guardrail."
No further information on the condition of Reece or Vanackeren was available Thursday night.