Deputy injured in morning crash


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Carter County Sheriff' Deputy Matt Lunceford was injured on State Route 361 (Laurels Road) Monday morning when his cruiser was struck by a car pulling onto the roadway.

  From Staff Reports
  A Carter County Sheriff's Department deputy was injured Monday morning in a two-car collision on State Route 361, also known as Laurels Road.
  CCSD Deputy Matt Lunceford, who works as the DARE officer and school resource officer for Hampton High School, suffered a head injury when the county cruiser he was driving struck another vehicle and then a utility pole.
  According to Carter County Sheriff John Henson, Lunceford suffered a head injury, possibly a concussion, and was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital by emergency personnel with the Carter County Rescue Squad.
  "Apparently what happened was a car pulled out in front of him and he tried to swerve to miss it, but he clipped the car and struck a utility pole," Henson said, adding that there was "no real serious injury to him (Lunceford) or the boy that pulled out in front of him."
  Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Musick, who worked the wreck, said 17-year-old Matthew Estep told him he was on his way to class at Happy Valley High School when the crash occurred. Musick said Estep told him his car window was fogged and he did not see Lunceford's cruiser.
  Henson said Lunceford was in his police vehicle and on duty, driving to Hampton High School at the time of the crash, which occurred shortly before 8 a.m.
  The wreck is still under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.