Photo by Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press
Three people were injured Thursday night when a vehicle traveling south on Tenn. Highway 354 Thursday night swerved from side to side and crossed over the center line hitting another vehicle, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.
According to preliminary information from the THP, the vehicle, a 1998 Honda station wagon driven by Hyman Tidwell, 21, of Jonesborough, hit a second vehicle, driven by Joseph Hiatt, 40, of Johnson City, in the left rear axle.
Hiatt’s vehicle then ran over the top of Tidwell’s, causing Hiatt’s vehicle to leave the road and hit a metal utility pole.
Tidwell, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt during the time of the accident, was injured and was flown to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. Charges against Tidwell are pending, the THP said..
Hiatt was also injured and was taken to JCMC by ambulance.
Hiatt’s passenger, Michael Crouch, 23, of Jonesborough, was also injured and was taken to JCMC by a personal vehicle.
Jonesborough Public Safety and Fire Department personnel and Washington County EMS are on the scene of a two-vehicle crash in the 1100 block of Boones Creek Road.
According to a witness at the scene, a Honda Civic was headed toward Jonesborough and veered into the oncoming lane and hit a Roto-Rooter truck head-on. The Roto-Rooter truck may have rolled and is lodged against a power pole. Power lines are down in the area of the wreck.
Rescuers are in the process of extricating the driver of the Civic as well as the driver and passenger of the Roto-Rooter truck, and WINGS Air Rescue has been dispatched to the scene.
Traffic is blocked in both directions and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.