April 26, 2014
A multi-vehicle wreck slowed traffic around the very crowded Giles Flea Market Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), eight vehicles were involved in the wreck.
Around 12:20 p.m., a Swift Transportation Company tractor-trailer licensed in Arizona was traveling north on U.S. Hwy. 25E and struck a 1989 Ford F35 pickup truck, driven by Matthew Hounshel, 39, of Middlesboro, Ky. He and his passengers, Veronica Hounshel, 28, also of Middlesboro, and Tommy Combs, 21, of Cumberland Gap, were all wearing seat belts and were not injured.
The report states that the Hounshel vehicle was pushed into three other vehicles, first a 2012 Lincoln MKZ driven by Kevin Short, 43, of Rutledge. Short, who was waiting to enter U.S. Hwy. 25E from the flea market, and his passenger, Wendy Short, 46, also of Rutledge, were wearing seat belts and were not injured.
The Hounshel vehicle was also pushed into a 2004 Chevrolet minivan and a 2003 Buick, both of which were driverless.
A sixth vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Impala, was pushed into a 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup, which was pushed into the eighth vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic. None of the last three vehicles had drivers in them.
The tractor-trailer slid over 100 feet before coming to a final rest, according to the report. All of the driverless vehicles were parked off the paved shoulder of U.S. Hwy. 25E in the grass.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Paul Crossley, 53, of Meridan, Conn., was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He was cited for failure to exercise due care.
In addition to the THP, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, Claiborne County EMS and North Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
Marisa Anders may be reached at 423-626-3222 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.