ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is conducting its own investigation of the events leading up to the fatal crash on U.S. Highway 19E on Thursday evening that led to the deaths of two children, 7-year-old Jonathan Nye and 2-year-old Dalton Moffitt, and injuries to four other people in the two vehicles.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team is conducting the investigation of the crash. The investigation is headed by Trooper Edward Tester. In a preliminary report, the Highway Patrol said Katrina G. Nye lost control of the southbound 1995 Ford Taurus she was driving. The car through the median and into the northbound lanes, where it collided with 2004 Chevrolet minivan driven by Amy M. Alexander.
The two children were in Nye’s car, along with adult passenger Jodie J. Hensley. Lindsey Sluder, 13, was a passenger in Alexander’s vehicle. All were transported to Johnson City Medical Center for their injuries. Some were transported by two helicopter ambulances working the wreck.
While awaiting the results of the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigation of the wreck, Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said his investigators are examining the events leading up to the crash. He said he would provide more details at a later time.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Highway Patrol at the accident scene. The sheriff said many of his men and women were fathers and mothers who experienced deep emotions about the death of the children in the crash.