Five taken to hospital after separate head-on collisions in Maryville
By Wes Wade | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Five people were transported to the hospital following two separate head-on collisions Tuesday in Maryville.
Two drivers — Mykala Braziel, 18, Seymour, and Stephanie Henry, 41, Winchester Drive, Maryville — were transported after their vehicles collided on Sevierville Road near Baxter View Drive just before 5:50 p.m.
Braziel was traveling north on Sevierville Road in a 2002 Hyundai Accent when she crossed the center line, striking Henry’s 2013 Ford Fiesta, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
After the collision, both vehicles rotated counter-clockwise, with Braziel’s vehicle coming to rest at the entrance of Baxter View Drive. Henry’s vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and came to rest in a ditch.
Blount County Fire Captain Tim Ogle said firefighters had to remove the door on Braziel’s vehicle to get her out.
“She wasn’t pinned, but she was entrapped in there,” Ogle said. “So we did have to take the door off to get to her.”
Braziel was transported via Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to University of Tennessee with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. She was still being evaluated Tuesday evening, hospital staff said.
Henry was transported to Blount Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Authorities responded to Wildwood Road near Reservoir Road and McKenzie Drive following a second two-vehicle collision shortly after 9 p.m.
Emily Kirkland, 18, East Lincoln Road, was traveling west on Wildwood Road near Reservoir Road in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am when she crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 1995 Toyota Corolla head-on, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
The Pontiac then veered to the left and continued west on Wildwood Road and ran off the north side of the roadway and into a yard. The Toyota, driven by Rebecca Clark, 36, Peppermint Hills Drive, Maryville, came to a rest in the roadway after impact.
Both Kirkland and Clark were pinned inside their vehicles and Blount County firefighters had to remove the driver-side doors on each car. Both drivers were transported via Rural/Metro Ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital (BMH).
A passenger in Rebecca Clark’s vehicle — Kyle Clark, 15, Belmont Street, Maryville — was also transported to BMH. Two other passengers — Toby Ellis, 13, and Shelby Ellis, 10, both of Peppermint Hills Drive — were examined on the scene by emergency personnel and released.
Kirkland was the sole occupant of the Pontiac. All occupants in each vehicle were wearing seat belts, authorities said, and air bags deployed inside each car.
Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan said everyone was alert and conscious.
“Everybody that I saw was talking, so that was a good thing,” McClanahan said. “They were all conscious.”
Jami and Brent Price, who live on Wildwood Road near the crash site, said they’ve seen many crashes in that area.
“We’re used to hearing them,” Jami Price said, adding that most of the crashes occur just down from their house near Reservoir Road.
JoAnn Thompson, who also lives in the same house as the Prices, said she’s lived in the home since 1988 and has seen her fair share of crashes on that roadway. Thompson said her mailbox has been taken out about three times.
“I worry people coming around that curve will hit the house,” Thompson said.
The Blount County Rescue Squad also responded to the crash. Authorities said no citations have yet been issued.