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Update: Woman dies in crash on U.S. Highway 19E in Carter County

John Thompson • Jul 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

HAMPTON — A Johnson City woman was killed Tuesday afternoon in a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 19E involving two pickup trucks and a logging truck.

Carolyn N. Holtslaw, 60, was killed in the accident after he pickup truck first struck a pickup truck owned by the Carter County Highway Department and then was involved in a head-on collision with the logging truck.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Andes investigated the early afternoon accident. He said the Highway Department’s pickup and the logging truck traveling north on U.S. 19E. Holtsclaw’s pickup was southbound.

Andes said Holtsclaw’s 1997 Dodge crossed the center line and sideswiped the Highway Department pickup. The county truck, driven by Steven C. Dugger, 55, Elizabethton, was hit near the right rear door. Dugger had two passengers in the truck who were trustys from the Carter County Detention Center: Justin A. Gouge, 30, and Leonard McInturff, 35. There were no injuries in the county truck.

After the first collision, Andes said Holtsclaw’s truck continued going south in the northbound lane and struck the logging truck, a Kenworth pulling a trailer. It was driven by Timmy Carl Vess, 43, Marion, N.C. Vess was not injured.

Andes said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the accident.

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