Infant, two adults injured in wreck


By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff
amorris@starhq.com

  An early morning wreck on Wednesday left two adults in serious condition and a five-month-old infant in very critical condition.
  The wreck occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday on U.S. Highway 400 a short distance from the Barn Shoppe. One resident who lived near the scene of the crash told the Elizabethton Star that the roadway was very foggy at the time of the crash.
  According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Brett Garland, the accident occurred when a 1991 Mazda, which was traveling toward Johnson City, struck a 1985 Ford Bronco, which was traveling toward Elizabethton.
  "The one coming to Johnson City ran off the right side of the roadway and over corrected and crossed into the path of the one coming toward Elizabethton," Garland said.
  After the impact, the Ford Bronco flipped and landed on its top. The Mazda sustained much more serious damage. "It got literally cut in half," Garland said of the Mazda. "There was a baby in a car seat in the back and it was ejected."
  The infant, whom Garland said was a five-month-old boy, and his mother, who was driving the Mazda, were transported to a local hospital with the driver of the Ford Bronco.
  According to Garland, the infant boy was listed in "very critical condition" on Wednesday afternoon. The boy's mother and the other driver were both listed in "serious condition," the trooper said.
  Garland said the names of those involved in the crash were not being released on Wednesday. An investigation into the accident is still ongoing, he said, and charges are pending at this time.