Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) - The Maryville community is dealing with the death of two local teenagers in a car accident, just a week after another teen died in a crash. The Maryville Police Chief says the teens were driving on Sevierville Road just East of Dogwood Drive just after Noon on Tuesday, when they tried to pass another car. Officers say the driver overcompensated and lost control of the car and hit a utility pole.
Maryville principal Ken Jarnigan tells us Matt Gibb and Steven Webb died in the accident. Both were 10th graders at Maryville high school. Jarnigan says the accident comes as a shock, especially so soon after 15 year-old Matthew Cooper died in a motorcycle accident last week.
"I've been at Marvyille five years and we have very little tragedy to deal with. Yet a week ago we lost a student to a motorcycle accident. And the students in general and the faculty were very disturbed over this issue and it came as a shock and we had just dealt with that," Jarnigan said. "I'm a father of four children and these tragedies not only hurt me and effect me on a professional level but they affect me on a very person level as well. And it's something we need to get out to the parents and the community and Knoxville and Maryville area that we all need to be aware of and try to advise our children properly."
Maryville High School let early on Tuesday for the holiday break and there is no school until after the new year. Teachers and administrators, along with grief counselors, will be at the school today if any students want to come in to talk to someone about the tragedy. Jarnigan says the school will also plan something for when students get back from break.
"It's disheartening that something like this happened, yet it's a reality check that those things do happen and we will address this when the students get back and get time for the students to process this and understand that these are things that happen in life and it effects us all."
Funeral arrangments for the teenagers are incomplete.