Two area women injured in accident


Photo by John Bryant
  By Abby Morris-Frye
  
  amorris@starhq.com
  
Two women, one of whom is pregnant, sustained injuries in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.
  The accident occurred where the Elizabethton Highway (State Route 91) intersects Greenlee Road in front of Sinking Creek Baptist Church. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Marlowe, the crash occurred when one car turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  June Wagner, 73, 198 Smith Hollow Rd., Butler, was trying to turn left off of Greenlee Road into the southbound lane on the Elizabethton Highway going toward Johnson City. According to Marlowe, Wagner turned her car into the path of a vehicle driven by Melissa Johnston, 39, 541 Pleasant Grove Rd., Bluff City. The two vehicles collided and the front end of Johnston's car struck the driver's door of the car Wagner was driving.
  Johnston, who is eight months pregnant, was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center hospital by the Carter County Rescue Squad. Wagner, who had to be extricated from the vehicle by removal of the car's roof, was also transported to the JCMC by CCRS.
  Marlowe said both women were listed in stable condition late Thursday afternoon and that doctors said the crash did not harm Johnston's unborn child.