Crash kills teen: 18-year-old Greenback man killed in Morganton Road wreck
By JJ Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Greenback teen was killed in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on Morganton Road, authorities said.
Lucas Kincaid, 18, Morganton Boulevard, was pronounced dead at Blount Memorial Hospital, according to a news release from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
Kincaid was traveling south on Morganton Road at 2:56 p.m. in a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire when he lost control of the vehicle coming out of a curve in the 4800 block.
Kincaid reportedly overcorrected, went off the left side of the road and struck a tree on the driver’s side door.
He was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Kincaid was wearing his seat belt and the air bags were deployed inside his vehicle, police said.
The Sheriff’s Office, Blount County Fire Department, Blount County Rescue Squad and Rural/Metro Ambulance Service were dispatched to the accident just before 3 p.m.
Bob Collins, who owns the property where the vehicle skidded off the road, said he saw the vehicle come around the curve and lose control.
“I was up there in my golf cart,” Collins said. “I heard the car squealing and I turned around and saw him coming through my yard. He slid into the tree and he spun all the way around. (The rescue workers) rolled it back down.
“I went and got my brother at first when it was smoking, and he got the hood up and we thought he was going to get out of the car,” Collins continued. “They got the crowbar and finally got the door open. It took about 20 minutes for them to get him out.”
Collins, who has lived in the same Morganton Road location for 45 years, said the accident was one of the worst he had seen, and accidents on his road are a regular thing.
“That road is wore out,” Collins said. “Years ago, they were going to blacktop it and they hadn’t done anything yet.”