Father killed, two children injured in three vehicle wreck

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Emergency crews rushed to save the lives of everyone involved in the crash around 6:15 p.m. Friday.

"I was panicking actually because I've never really seen a wreck that close to me. But I really felt bad because of the little kids having to see that his dad was in bad condition and everything," said Stevie Cooper, Ben Woodruff's neighbor.

Troopers said Ben Woodruff was turning left off of Governor John Sevier Highway onto Austin Park Lane with his two children - six-year-old Ethan and four-year-old Kathleen - in the car. They lived in the subdivision there and were just feet from home, but they didn't make it.

Troopers said Scott Spangler was driving west on John Sevier Highway when he crossed the center line, smashing into Woodruff's car. Woodruff's Nissan started spinning, and then a van crashed into it. Woodruff died in the wreck and his children were hurt.

"Ethan, they took him in the hospital by ambulance. And Kate, they didn't have an ambulance there, so myslef and another neighbor and my mom and my uncle, we took her to UT to the emergency room and they helped her there," said Tanner Metler, Woodruff's neighbor.

The driver of the van, Roy Hensley, and his two passengers Bradley Silvers and James Barthelmy were also hurt, along with Spangler. Troopers said they suspect Spangler was on drugs. He's being tested for both drugs and alcohol.

Woodruff's close family friends said he was a wonderful husband and father who would do anything for his family. They said he'll be greatly missed. His neighbors agree.

"Just everyday people. Got home from work, came home, did the family thing," said Bobby Ray, a neighor.

"You know, I mean everybody is going to miss him. You know, it's just hard to believe," said Metler.

Friends are asking everyone to pray for the Woodruff family.

Woodruff's daughter was released from the hospital this morning, while his son remains in critical condition. The driver of the van, Roy Hensely, is listed in serious condition, and passenger James Barthelmy is in critical condition.

Troopers said Spangler will face charges in the wreck.

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