THP identifies victim in deadly Hamblen County crash

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Published: Jan. 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
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One person was killed in a head-on collision in Hamblen County Saturday morning, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol

According to CBS-affiliate

, THP said 33-year-old Ward Catron of Bulls Gap was pronounced dead at the scene around 7:20 a.m. Saturday.

THP reports that Catron was driving his GMC pickup truck south over a blind hill when he crossed the double yellow line, into the path of a Nissan SUV driven by Glendi Diaz, 38, of Morristown.

Diaz reportedly suffered injuries as a result of the crash. The report also said that Catron was unrestrained during the accident and confirmed that a seatbelt would have made a difference in the outcome.

Officials said the crash happened near Highland Baptist Church.

Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin said the surviving victims were airlifted to a local hospital.

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