ELIZABETHTON — Investigators are continuing to investigate a Thursday evening accident on U.S. Highway 19E in Valley Forge in which two children were killed and the four survivors were transported to the Johnson City Medical Center, some by helicopter ambulance.
The two children who were killed in the crash were identified as Jonathan Nye, 7; and Dalton Moffitt, 2, both of Elizabethton. One of the children was ejected from the car during the collision.
The boys were riding in a southbound 1995 Ford Taurus which Trooper Edward Tester of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said went out of control, crossed the median and into the northbound lanes, ending in a collision with a northbound 2004 Chevrolet van.
The car the boys were riding in was driven by Katrina G. Nye, 31. An adult passenger in the car was Jodie J. Hensley, 30. They were both from Elzabethton.
The van was driven by Amy M. Alexander, 34, Elizabethton. There was one passenger in the van, Lindsey Sluder, 13, also of Elizabethton.
Mountain States Health Alliance reported Friday afternoon that Alexander, Sluder and Hensley were all in stable condition. There was no record for Katrina Nye.
The crash took place just outside the Elizabethton city limits near Doe River Baptist Church around 7:45 p.m. All four lanes of Highway 19E were blocked as emergency personnel worked the wreck.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes called the wreck "an extremely violent collision...just a horrible accident." He said investigators were treating the area as a vehicular homicide crime scene.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol's Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the case. No charges have been placed pending the completion of the investigation.