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One Person Injured In Accident This Morning

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
by Elizabeth Hagood Johnson - Radio Greeneville News

One person was injured in an accident this morning on Interstate 81 in Greene County.

The wreck occurred around 8:15 AM near the 49 mile marker. A Chevy Malibu driven by 48-year-old Scottie Potter of Johnson City was traveling south in the left lane and was in front of a tractor-trailer driven by 74-year-old John Jones of Ellenwood, Georgia.

The Malibu began to hydroplane and Potter lost control of the vehicle. Jones locked up the brakes on the 18-wheeler trying to avoid colliding with Potter's car. The Malibu went off the right side of the roadway. The tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the road, where it jackknifed in the median and blocked the left lane of travel. The two vehicles never made contact with one another.

A passenger in the car, 32-year-old John Deal of Johnson City, was transported to a local hospital. Neither driver was injured in the accident. A passenger in the truck, 31-year-old Rickey Dunning of Atlanta also did not suffer any injuries.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the wreck.

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