Rash of accidents: At least three injured in Friday evening crashes
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
At least three people were injured in accidents Friday evening as rainfall made streets slick in Alcoa and Maryville.
A Maryville man was injured in a two-vehicle collision around 5:47 p.m. in Alcoa. Thomas Clanton, 50, of Broaderick Boulevard, was still being treated at Blount Memorial Hospital Friday night, hospital staff said, though he was expected to be released later that night.
Clanton was traveling southbound on Hall Road in a Ford Ranger pickup when he was struck by a Nissan Altima driven by Casey Zellman, 24, of West Edison Street in Alcoa, according to Alcoa Police officers at the scene.
Police said Zellman pulled out from West Edison Street and was attempting to make a left turn when her Altima struck the right rear wheel of Clanton’s Ranger. The collision caused the pickup to roll onto its side, where it stopped in the middle of Hall Road just past the Edison Street intersection.
It was reported that Clanton sustained an elbow injury, though police said his injuries were not serious. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Rural/Metro Ambulance Service transported Clanton to Blount Memorial Hospital just after 6 p.m. The Alcoa Fire Department also responded and assisted at the scene.
Two Maryville wrecks
In Maryville, a collision involving a Toyota pickup truck and a Honda Accord station wagon occurred just after 6 p.m. on Walker Road just west of Salem Loop.
The driver of the pickup — Dustin M. Bartlett, 17, of Morganton Road in Greenback — was westbound on Walker Road and was traveling too fast for an approaching curve, a Blount County Sheriff’s Office report states. Bartlett struck an eastbound station wagon driven by Lisa Cline, 46, of Big Springs Road in Friendsville.
Cline attempted to swerve in an attempt to avoid Bartlett, the report states, but the pickup and station wagon collided in the front right side of both vehicles.
The station wagon stopped in the middle of the road, while the pickup landed in the yard of a Walker Road residence.
Cline and a passenger in her vehicle — James A. McMillian, 29, of Morganton Road, Maryville — were taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital.
Bartlett was taken via private vehicle to Blount Memorial. Their conditions were not known Friday night.
All involved in the crash were wearing seat belts. Air bags were deployed in the station wagon, but not in Bartlett’s pickup, the report states.
A Ford Ranger which crashed in the Foothills Mall parking lot just before 8 p.m. reportedly flipped in front of the JC Penney store. The Maryville Police and Fire departments responded along with Rural/Metro Ambulance Service, who appeared to be attending to two occupants injured in the wreck.
According to a Rural/Metro dispatcher, only one patient was taken by ambulance to the hospital.