Woman dies following single-car accident

By Thomas Wilson

   An Elizabethton woman has died one day after what police believed to be a medical episode that caused her to lose control of her vehicle and crash into a guard rail on Highway 67 Friday afternoon.
   According to Elizabethton Police Officer Carl Burrough, Linda Crowder Blevins, 60, 121 Skyline Drive, was traveling west on state Highway 67 just beyond the Highway 359/67 junction on Friday when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a guard rail.
   Burrough reported at the time that Blevins appeared to have been stricken by a medical condition before the accident occurred. Blevins was airlifted to Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue. Burrough said Wings was forced to transport Blevins to Holston Valley after the Johnson City Medical Center went into diversion mode for incoming emergency patients.
   Blevins died on Saturday. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
   Burrough was also a responding officer to an accident that occurred in the county's west end on Friday. Police reported that five people were injured as a result of a two-vehicle accident at 1741 Milligan Highway Friday afternoon.
   According to police, the accident occurred when Joshua Tucker, of Johnson City, struck the back of a Ford Explorer driven by Jimmy Slone, no address available, while he was attempting to make a left turn.
   Slone and his wife, Norma, suffered head and neck injuries. Two other passengers in Slone's vehicle, one a 20 month-old child, were also injured in the accident, according to police. Carter County Rescue Squad transported victims to local hospitals. The victims' conditions were not immediately known.
   (Star photographer David Boyd contributed to this story.)