Several injured in car accidents across county

By Thomas Wilson
star staff
twilson@starhq.com

  Local public safety officers responded to a slew of automobile accidents stretching from Hampton to downtown Elizabethton on Thursday afternoon.
  The most serious accident occurred at the intersection of Broad Street and North Lynn Avenue in Elizabethton shortly after 4 p.m.
  According to a preliminary investigation by Elizabethton police, the driver of a blue Dodge sedan cut in front of a Ford Probe on Broad Street. The accident sent the Dodge sedan head-on into the front fender of a large commercial moving truck stopped on North Lynn Avenue at the intersection. The driver of the van was not injured.
  Members of the Carter County EMS and Elizabethton Fire Department extricated the two drivers, both white females, from their vehicles. Both women were transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Elizabethton police investigating the accident had not released the identities of the victims by Thursday night.
  An accident on U.S. Highway 19E shortly after 3:30 p.m. near Hampton sent an elderly woman to the hospital when the vehicle sedan she was driving weaved off the road and struck the rear of a dump truck parked along the road.
  According to Tennessee State Trooper Brad Proffitt, witnesses stated that the driver of the Toyota sedan was traveling north on Highway 19E when she appeared to have a mechanical problem with her car. The vehicle veered into the median, crossed two lanes of traffic, and struck the truck being used to clear trees by a logging company.
  The driver's identity was not available at press time.
  The Carter County EMS transported the victim to a landing zone near Hampton Elementary School where Wings Air Rescue airlifted the victim to the Johnson City Medical Center.
  Another accident occurred on Sneed Hill Road only minutes before the Highway 19E wreck.
  Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Rocky Croy said a sedan driven by Bambi Gobble, 25, of 907 Main St., Lebanon, Va. was traveling on a narrow stretch of Sneed Hill Road when her vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a mini-van driven by Cindy Robinson, 38, of 340 Sneed Hill Road.
  The Carter County EMS transported a three-year-old boy, listed as a passenger in Robinson's vehicle, to Sycamore Shoals Hospital with a possible broken arm. His identity was not released.
  The drivers of both vehicles were not injured.