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Auto, truck collision slows Kingston Pike traffic

A traffic accident with no injuries at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Peterson Road hampered traffic for more than an hour Thursday, July 12.

A red Ford F-250 pickup truck, driven by Kathy Spangler of Lenoir City, and a silver 1988 Lincoln Towncar, driven by David Gross of Loudon County collided destroying the front end of the Towncar and seriously damaging the F-250.

“I saw the whole thing,” Sandra Hill, a Farragut resident, alleged. “I was a witness. It was all the fault of the silver car.”

According to Hill, she was behind the F-250, which was in the inside lane headed west on Kingston Pike. The Towncar was headed east in the center turning lane.

“The silver car came out of the turning lane into oncoming traffic, then swerved back into the center lane,” Hill said.

Spangler, however, had already reacted and turned into the center lane to avoid the oncoming Towncar. Hill said when Gross corrected and pulled the Towncar back into the center lane, he and Spangler collided. The impact spun the F-250 and it came to rest on the curb at the Kingston Pike and Peterson Road intersection.

During the 20-minute wait for Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers to arrive on the scene, both Spangler and Gross wanted to hear the details of the accident from Hill. After hearing Hill’s story, Gross said he was trying to slow down in the turn lane to turn around.

“No sir,” an angry Spangler told him. “You came out at me.”

Trooper Howard Greenlee arrived on the scene and, after an examination of the accident scene and listening to witness testimony, concluded Gross was responsible for the


As of press time, Greenlee hadn’t responded to phone inquiries as to whether Gross was cited.

Both vehicles had to be towed away.


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