|On January 3, 2015 at approximately 11:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 81 at mile marker 59.8 in reference to a fatal motor vehicle crash. Their initial investigation revealed that a white 1998 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle was northbound on Interstate 81 when for unknown reasons it left the right side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled a fair distance down an embankment where it struck two trees and burst into flames. The Kingsport Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze.
One individual, believed to be the driver, was killed in the crash. A second individual, believed to be the passenger, was critically injured and was initially transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment. However, shortly after arrival at the hospital, the second individual succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and died. Their identities are currently being withheld pending completion of the investigation and notification of next of kin.
The crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Investigators are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who may have stopped to render aid to please contact them as soon as possible at 423-224-2750.
Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:
|COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION|
|Type||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Driver||Name||Not Released Pending Completion of Investigation and Notification of Next of Kin|
|Passenger||Name||Not Release Pending Completion of Investigation and Notification of Next of Kin|
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit