Child, woman critically injured in HWY 66 crash in Sevier Co.

By: Michael Grider Email
By: Michael Grider Email

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevierville Police have charged a man who allegedly caused a six-car chain reaction crash that injured a total of 18 people, including two children and a woman who were seriously hurt, according to the Sevierville spokesman Bob Stahlke.

Stahlke says Randy D. Zlobec, 34, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, along with vehicular assault, DUI, failure to stop and render aid, reckless driving, criminal impersonation and not wearing a seatbelt.

Stahlke says the aggravated assault and vehicular assault charges are felonies.

Police say Melika Lakhani, 39, and two children, Elina Lakhani and Afratz Lakhani, were taken to UT Medical Center with serious injuries after Zlobec slammed his pickup truck into their Mazda Protege on Highway 66 Monday.

Fourteen other people were injured in the crash, but their injuries were not severe.

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PREVIOUS STORY FILED 9/7/09:

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A child and a woman are in critical condition at UT Medical Center after being airlifted from the scene of a six-car crash on Highway 66 in Sevierville about a fourth of a mile from Gists Creek Road, according to Sevierville spokesman Bob Stahlke.

Stahlke says southbound traffic was snarled for several hours until the roadway was cleared around 4 p.m.

The accident happened around 11:45 a.m.

Stahlke says about 15 people in all were taken to area hospitals to be treated for some kind of injury.

No names have been released, and the cause of the crash is not known.


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