KPD e-Press Release: K.P.D. Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash on Interstate 26

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident K.P.D. Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash on Interstate 26
Date & Time December 23, 2013

Approximately 1:30 PM

Location of Incident Interstate 26 at Mile Marker 9

Kingsport, TN

Victim Not Released Pending Completion of Investigation and Notification of Next of Kin
Injuries One Individual Killed in the Crash

General Narrative

K.P.D. has responded to a fatal traffic crash on Interstate 26.

On December 23, 2013 at approximately 1:30 PM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 26 at mile marker 9 in reference to a fatal traffic crash.

Their investigation revealed that a tractor trailer was westbound on Interstate 26 approaching mile marker 9. The driver stated that for unknown reasons his left front tire blew out causing him to lose control. The tractor trailer struck the guard rail, crossed the median, broke through the cable barrier and entered the eastbound lanes of I -26.

A Kia 4-door sedan was eastbound on I-26 and was struck nearly head-on by the tractor trailer. The driver of the Kia was killed in the collision.

No further information is being released at this time pending completion of the investigation and notification of next of kin.

For additional information, please contact:

P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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