UPDATE: Jonesborough man killed in Hawkins mudslide
Jeff Bobo, Kingsport Times News
Updated Feb 21, 2019 at 4:25 PM
ROGERSVILLE — One driver was recovered deceased Thursday afternoon following a lengthy rescue/recovery operation at the site of a massive Hawkins County mudslide that took out a 200 foot section of Rt. 70N north of Rogersville.
A second motorist remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon after he was able to climb down the side of Clinch Mountain to a lower section of highway where he was found by rescuers.
As of Thursday afternoon the injured motorist hadn't been identified, but the deceased motorist was identified as Steven Lawson, 62, of Jonesborough.
ROGERSVILLE — A section of Rt. 70N near the Cave Springs Road intersection north of Rogersville is closed early Thursday morning after mudslides apparently took at least two vehicles and possibly affected multiple homes.
As of 7 a.m. there were no known missing persons, although one injured person was reportedly in stable condition but undergoing surgery Thursday morning at the Holston Valley Medical Center. Rescuers from multiple agencies were on the scene awaiting daylight to go in an search for possible victims.
A USAR (Urgent Search and Rescue) team composed of specialty rescuers from Sullivan and Washington Counties was also on the scene to search the area for any potential victims trapped in rubble. Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told the Times News they have evacuated four homes and they are waiting for the scene to stabilize before first responders enter.