Five transported in crash; driver in stable condition
By Wes Wade | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Five people, including three children, were transported to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on West Broadway Avenue in Maryville.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said the patients did not appear to have life-threatening injuries following the crash, which occurred at around 3:17 p.m. just west of Foothills Mall Drive. Police said just before the crash, a pizza delivery driver was attempting to pull out of the Jett’s Pizza parking lot, located at 1722 W. Broadway Ave., and make a left turn onto West Broadway Avenue when a vehicle stopped in the right eastbound lane and motioned for the delivery driver — Clayton Defoor, 27, Wrights Ferry Road, Louisville — to pull out in his 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer.
As Defoor pulled out, he traveled into the path of a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Amanda Rush, 28, of Guadal Canal Drive, Maryville, which was traveling eastbound on West Broadway Avenue in the left lane. Those two vehicles collided, which caused Defoor’s car to rotate to the right, coming to rest in the left eastbound lane, police said.
Rush’s Explorer careened off the initial collision with Defoor’s vehicle and crossed into the westbound travel lanes of West Broadway Avenue and collided with a 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck driven by 61-year-old Madisonville resident Jerry Dalton.
Defoor, Rush, and three children in the Rush vehicle were all transported via Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to University of Tennessee (UT) Medical Center. The children in Rush’s Explorer were identified as 1-year-old Gavin Rush, 6-year-old Madison Spurlock and 7-year-old Isaih Rush, all whose addresses were listed in the police report as the same as Amanda Rush.
UT Medical Center staff said Saturday night that Defoor had been discharged, while Amanda Rush remained in stable condition. None of the three children had any patient information listed or available, hospital staff said.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said the crash caused traffic congestion in the area for about an hour. The Maryville Fire Department sent one engine and two support trucks and assisted emergency personnel in treating and transporting those patients transported to the hospital.