One injured when car and truck collide on 19E in Hampton

By Thomas Wilson
STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com

   An Elizabethton woman was injured Monday afternoon when the car she was driving struck a truck turning from U.S. Highway 19E onto U.S. Highway 321 in Hampton, according to a preliminary accident report from the Carter County Sheriff's Department.
   According to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett, a Chevy Cavalier driven by Irene R. Wallace, 47, 138 Little Avenue, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 19-E near the Highway 321 intersection.
   Jack Roberts, 73, 160 Mill Pond Road, who was driving east in a Ford pickup truck, attempted to turn left onto Highway 321 in front of Wallace's vehicle.
   The two vehicles collided, and Roberts' truck flipped over and landed on its hood.
   Roberts was able to walk away from the accident seemingly unscathed. He was not transported by the Carter County Rescue Squad and was walking around the scene after the accident.
   "He had to be cut out of his seat belt," said Cornett. "He was very lucky."
   Members of the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene after a reported gasoline leak coming from a vehicle was reported. Cornett said the gasoline trickled from the truck's carburetor but did not pose a significant emergency hazard. Firefighters and paramedics suppressed the gasoline with sand.
   Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Roberts was charged with failure to yield, according to Cornett.
   Wallace was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by the Carter County Rescue Squad. Her condition was unknown as of Monday night.
   An investigation into the accident is ongoing.