Woman, three small children hospitalized in one of four Hawkins ice-related wrecks

Jeff Bobo • Jan 8, 2018 at 1:16 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Four Monday morning wrecks in Hawkins County were attributed to black ice, including a T-bone crash on 11-W west of Rogersville that sent a woman and three small children to the hospital.

Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell said all four wrecks were attributed to black ice on the roadway.

At 11:27 a.m. Monday, emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Marble Hall Road.

Donna K. Burgin, 18, Rogersville, was reportedly driving a 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup west on 11-W when the vehicle hit an icy patch and began to slide.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Chevy pickup entered a counterclockwise rotation, traveled through the median, struck a yield/wrong way sign, and then entered the eastbound lanes of 11-W, colliding with a 1988 Ford Ranger driven by Keith C. Helton, 45, of Rogersville.

Helton wasn’t injured, but Burgin and the three children — ages 4, 7 and 8 — were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center via Hawkins EMS.

Murrell said it appeared that one of the children may be seriously injured. 

In another ice-related crash Monday morning, a motorist escaped serious injury on Main Street in Surgoinsville when he lost control on ice near the Thurman Lane intersection.

Surgoinsville Police Chief James Hammonds said the driver touched the brakes while rounding a curve, causing the vehicle to slide sideways. As it was sliding the ice ended, and the sudden traction on the highway caused the vehicle to flip onto its roof.

While on its roof, the vehicle hit ice again and slid into a ditch.

The driver was wearing a seat belt and wasn't injured.

Hammonds said West Main Street from Highway 11-W to the Stewart Landing intersection was "solid ice" — especially where the roadway is shaded by overhanging trees.

There was another minor accident Monday morning on 11-W about a half mile west of the Marble Hall wreck; and the fourth accident occurred on a sharp curve on McKinney Chapel Road south of Rogersville.

"The ice hit hard and it hit fast," Murrell said. "My advice right now is to just stay home and let the temperature come up. The highway department, state county and cities are all out putting salt down on the roads now and it should be improving drastically here shortly."