|On February 26, 2022 at approximately 3:50 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a single motor vehicle crash at the interchange of Interstate 81 and Interstate 26 in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was called to the scene to investigate. Their subsequent findings are as follows:
A silver 2014 Ram 1500 full-size 4-door pickup, driven by Dennis D. Turbyfill and also occupied by front seat passenger, Carol B. Hormuth, was northbound on Interstate 81 and taking exit 57A to eastbound Interstate 26.
For reasons that remain under investigation, the pickup traveled off the left side of the ramp and entered a grassy area where it began to spin. When the pickup reached the shoulder of I-26, it overturned across the eastbound lanes of I-26, crossed the median, and came to rest in the westbound lanes of I-26.
Mr. Turbyfill was killed in the crash. Ms. Hormuth sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Sullivan County EMS to a local hospital where she has since been treated and released.
Partial lane closures remained in place for several hours to allow for the safe investigation of the crash; however, the scene has since been cleared and normal traffic patterns have resumed.
This crash remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further details are currently available.