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JCPD-involved accident hospitalizes 2, closes I-26 interchange

June 28th, 2014 10:43 pm by Max Hrenda

JCPD-involved accident hospitalizes 2, closes I-26 interchange

Rescue workers load Ladania Roberson onto a stretcher after her vehicle was rear-ended by JCPD Officer Ashley Ellenburg. (Max Hrenda/Johnson City Press)

Two people were hospitalized and an Interstate 26 interchange was partially closed after a two-car accident involving a Johnson City police officer Saturday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded at about 3:50 to the interchange between I-26 and State of Franklin Road after hearing reports that JCPD Officer Ashley Ellenburg had collided with another vehicle, a Mazda Tribute, driven by 47-year-old Ladania Robertson of Roan Mountain.

Roberson and Kelly Arias, 47, Bluff City, who was riding in the back of Ellenburg’s cruiser, both suffered injuries in the collision. Both were transported to Johnson City Medical Center, where Mountain States Health Alliance Communications Manager Teresa Hicks said Arias was listed in stable condition. Hicks said Roberson was not listed as a patient.

Ellenburg did not report any injuries after the collision.

The investigation was being conducted by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers. According to a preliminary THP report, a third vehicle that was traveling in front of Roberson’s SUV came to a sudden stop at the yield sign where the north- and southbound State of Franklin on-ramps meet. After the third vehicle stopped, the report said, Ellenburg rear-ended Roberson’s SUV. The report said the third vehicle left the scene.

Members of the JCPD, Johnson City Fire Department and Washington County/Johnson City EMS arrived to work the accident. As emergency crews worked the scene, the on-ramp for northbound State of Franklin traffic was closed, while southbound traffic was reduced to a single lane. By 4:20 p.m., the interchange was reopened in its entirety.

The THP said charges are not pending for anyone involved in the accident.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Ellenburg was driving her JCPD cruiser. 

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