ELIZABETHTON — Two children were reportedly killed and four other victims of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 19E near the intersection with Avon Street were transported to hospitals on Thursday evening.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said one of the children was 5 to 7 years old and the other around 2 years old. The younger child was ejected from one of the vehicles.
He said the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team is investigating and Mathes said “we are treating this as a vehicle homicide case.”
Mathes said the vehicles involved included a minivan that was traveling north on U.S. 19E toward Bristol and a Ford Taurus going south on the highway, toward Roan Mountain. Mathes said “an extremely violent collision ... just a horrible accident” occurred.
The sheriff said the minivan had two occupants and the Taurus had four occupants. Four survivors were transported to Johnson City Medical Center, some by helicopters belonging to Wings and Wellmont. One of the survivors was a youth around 13 years old.
“They are in extremely critical condition,” Mathes said.
The accident happened just south of the Elizabethton city limits about 7:30 p.m. All lanes of U.S. 19E were closed as emergency personnel worked the crash scene.