The Great Smoky Mountain Journal

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Posted: Monday, January 01, 2018 12:26 PM

Speed Likely Main Factor In Sevierville Crash That Killed One Wednesday, Closed Streets Overnight

Sevierville police and emergency crews responded to the scene at Main Street at Mize Lane Wednesday night, where lanes in both directions were shut down for a single-vehicle wreck with injuries. An official with the Sevierville Police Department confirmed that one person died as a result of the wreck.

Officials said just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was entering Main Street from Chapman Highway when the driver lost control, crossed the center media and left the roadway on the eastbound side.

The truck was carrying three people inside and flipped, killing one of those inside. The preliminary investigation found that the vehicle was likely speeding and rolled over several times.

An 18-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died on scene. His name was not released Thursday.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 21-year-old Andrew S. Hoffman of Seymour. Seymour received what appeared at the scene to be minor injuries.

A second passenger, 17-year-old Elisha C. Whaley of Seymour, was ejected from the vehicle and received serious injuries. Whaley and Hoffman were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center via Lifestar air ambulance Wednesday night