A two-vehicle accident on East Lamar Alexander Parkway and Rocky Branch Road in Walland Monday afternoon claimed the life of one man and sent three others to the hospital.
Charles R. Lowe, 75, Rocky Branch Road, was pronounced dead at University of Tennessee Medical Center after the accident.
Authorities said Elizabeth Moore, 17, Asbury Drive, Maryville, was traveling eastbound on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in a Nissan Altima at about 2 p.m. when a Chrysler 300 driven by Lowe pulled out of Rocky Branch Road into the path of Moore’s vehicle.
Lowe was attempting to turn west onto Lamar Alexander Parkway, and his vehicle was struck by Moore’s in the left rear, according to Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant,
Lowe was wearing a seat belt, but the air bags did not go off. There were no other passengers in his vehicle, O’Briant said.
Moore had two passengers — Bronte Taylor, 15, Sevierville Road, Maryville, and Bailey Moore, 12, also of Asbury Drive. All the passengers were wearing seat belts, and the air bags deployed.
Elizabeth Moore, Bailey Moore and Taylor were all taken via Rural/Metro to Blount Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. They were all treated and released.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Blount County Fire Department and Rural/Metro were all on the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit.
The accident marks the eighth fatality worked by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office since the early part of May, O’Briant said.
Second East Lamar Alexander Parkway fatal
The wreck was also the second fatal accident on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in three days. Daniel D. Hmielewski, 33, Laurel Valley Road, Townsend, died Sunday morning at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after he was involved in an accident on East Lamar Alexander Parkway near West Millers Cove Road in Walland.
Hmielewski was traveling east on East Lamar Alexander Parkway near West Millers Cove Road shortly after 7 p.m. when he lost control of his 2005 Nissan Sentra while negotiating a left-hand curve, The vehicle slid off the road and the left rear of the vehicle struck a tree.
The air bags deployed, but Hmielewski was not wearing a seat belt. He became trapped under the dashboard, and firefighters had to extricate him from his vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office said that it has extra enforcement on the weekends and on “The Dragon” during the summer.