Update: Thursday @ 8:45 p.m.
As of Thursday evening, Mary Mise, one of the two teenagers in the toyota, was listed in Critical condition. The second teenager, Kayla Green, has been upgraded to stable condition.
Two teenagers were ejected out of their Toyota 4-Runner in a freak accident Wednesday morning on Ford Hill heading north on Chapman Highway.
The driver of the Toyota hit the rear end of a pickup truck driven by John King. Following the impact, the Toyota came to rest in such a manor to cause the two occupant, teenage girls, to be ejected out of the vehicle.
“I was coming up Chapman Highway and saw in my rear view mirror that the Toyota was coming up on me pretty fast,” King told The Herald. “I thought when she came up to my bumper, she’d slow down or go around me, but she didn’t. As soon as I felt the nudge, I moved over to the middle lane and stopped. I got out of my vehicle, walked back to the Toyota and one girl was laying on the side of the road and the other girl, I believe was the driver, was laying in the street. The girl laying on the side of the road said she had been trying to get the other girl to slow down because she drives fast.”
The SVFD was able to respond within 30 seconds to the scene after the tone was sent, as it was only a few yards from Station One.
“There were four of us at the station at the time and as soon as we heard the tone, we were out the door and at the scene within 30 seconds,” stated one of the SVFD responders.
A woman driving by the scene of the accident told King that the girl lying in the street was sixteen years old. The names of the teenagers were unavailable at press time.
It appears the injuries to the driver were substantial, according to sources at the scene.
The girls were taken via LifeStar to UT Hospital.
State Trooper Jackie Bailey was handling the accident. Several other troopers were on hand to assist.
Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputies, Seymour Volunteer Fireman, Sevier County Ambulance were on at the scene.