Two-vehicle accident leaves one woman injured

From Staff Reports

Two vehicles collided on West Elk Avenue at the intersection near Krystal restaurant on Thursday afternoon, leaving one woman injured.
   According to police reports, a 1997 Mercury Tracer driven by Peggy Grindstaff, 51, ran a traffic light and struck a 1990 Dodge Caravan driven by Buddy L. Carden, 61. Grindstaff was traveling west on Elk Avenue and Carden was turning into the westbound lane of Elk Avenue from Cherokee Park Drive.
   Carden and two juvenile passengers in the minivan were uninjured. Emergency workers from the Carter County Rescue Squad extracted Grindstaff from her car by cutting the top off of the vehicle to remover her.
   Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Jack Ramsey stated that the only visible injury Grindstaff had was that her mouth was bleeding from the impact of the air bag as it deployed. "She got knocked in the face with the airbag pretty hard," Ramsey said.
   Ramsey stated that the wreck could have been much worse. The point of impact was at the front driver's side wheel, he said. "If (Carden) had pulled out another tenth of a second faster, he probably would have been killed," Ramsey said. "She would have struck him in the driver's door, and that is not a real survivable wreck."
   According to Ramsey, Grindstaff was on her way to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, though he could not confirm why she was going there.