UPDATE: 2 hospitalized after Rutledge Pike accident

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Rutledge Pike was shut down and two women were hospitalized after colliding with another vehicle late Monday evening in East Knoxville.

Police said it happened at 9:34 p.m. on Rutledge Pike near its intersection with Brandville Road.

According to officers, it happened when a truck with two women inside pulled out of a market to go west on Rutledge Pike. When they did, a Ford Explorer heading east on Rutledge Pike was unable to slow down and collided with the truck in the intersection. The explorer was pushed into the median on the west bound side of Rutledge.

The truck ended up in a ditch along Rutledge Pike and the driver was thrown through the windshield. Reports from the scene indicate the woman was in her 20s and had suffered severe head trauma, cuts and scrapes.

Rutledge Pike was shut down in both directions and a LifeStar helicopter landed on the road near its intersection with Frances Street to airlift the driver to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Police said as of early Tuesday morning, her injuries were not considered life threatening.

A passenger in the truck was taken to UT Medical Center by ambulance, though her injuries were considered less serious.

The crash was still under investigation early Tuesday morning.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – An East Knoxville car wreck shut down Rutledge Pike late Monday evening.

Police said it happened at 9:34 p.m. on Rutledge Pike near its intersection with Brandville Road.

Few details have been released, but reports from the scene indicate two people were injured including a woman in her 20s who was thrown from a truck when it crashed into a ditch along the side of the road. She was reportedly conscious when emergency crews arrived on the scene, but had suffered severe head trauma, cuts and scrapes.

Police shut down Rutledge Pike and landed a LifeStar helicopter on the roadway at its intersection with Frances Street and airlifted her to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

It is unclear what type of injuries the other victim suffered.

The crash was still under investigation late Monday night.

Stay with Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com for the latest on this developing story.


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