Oneida, TN (2010-05-10) Two people sustained minor injuries in a three-vehicle traffic accident in front of Burchfield Elementary School around 8:22 a.m. Tuesday morning.
According to Cpl. Gerry “Greasey” Garrett of the Oneida Police Department, Doyal Reynolds, 24, of Oneida, the driver of a 1991 Dodge pickup, was traveling eastbound on West Third Street when he struck the rear of a construction vehicle turning onto Burchfield Avenue near Burchfield Elementary School. The force of the impact with the truck, a 2006 Chevy pickup, forced the vehicle, which was owned by Powell Construction Company, off the highway and into a utility pole on the edge of the street. As result of the initial impact, Reynolds truck rotated in the highway, resulting in the rear of the vehicle crossing the centerline. Timothy Erwin, 41, of Oneida, driver of a 2000 Ford bucket truck owned by Highland Telephone Cooperative, struck the vehicle, spinning it back around in the highway. The bucket truck, stated authorities, left the roadway and clipped the warning lights on the eastern edge of the school zone.
Reynolds and Kyle Green, 41, of Lafollette, the driver of the construction truck, were both transported from the scene by the Scott County Ambulance Service to St. Mary’s Medical Center of Scott County, where they were reportedly treated for non-life threatening injuries. Erwin was reportedly not injured.
The accident occurred during the morning school commute, snarling traffic in the area for more than 45 minutes.
Charges are not expected.
Oneida Police Chief Mike Cross and Sgt. Ronnie Phillips assisted Garrett.