According to a news release from the Kingsport Police Department, just before 2 p.m. patrol officers were dispatched to a crash involving three vehicles on southbound Interstate 81 near mile marker 62. Due to the seriousness of the incident, the KPD Traffic Unit, with assistance from the Sullivan County FIRST (Fatal Incident Response and Support Team) unit conducted an investigation. Their findings thus far are as follows:
A silver 2008 Honda Ridgeline pickup, driven and solely occupied by William Henry Carpenter Jr., 56, Bristol, Va., was northbound on I-81 when for unknown reasons it veered left, crossed the grass median, and began traveling north in the southbound lanes.
Meanwhile, a green 1995 Ford F-150 pickup, driven and solely occupied by Jeffrey L. Goode, 50, Limestone, Tenn., was southbound when it was struck head-on by the Honda. As a result of the crash, the Ford caught fire and became fully engulfed. The blaze was extinguished by the Kingsport Fire Department. More about the crash from the Kingsport Times News.