KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – The Kingsport Police Department officers said one person died following a crash at the intersection of John B. Dennis Highway and Wilcox Drive Wednesday morning.
According to a KPD news release, the crash happened around 6:45 a.m.
Police said a Nissan 350Z, driven by Carl E. Smith, was traveling northbound on South John B. Dennis Highway and approached traffic stopped at a red light at the intersection with South Wilcox Drive.
A 2015 Jeep Compass, driven by Jordan C. Britton was traveling southbound on South John B. Dennis Highway, where she was trying to turn left on a green turn arrow at the entrance ramp to eastbound Interstate 26.
According to the release, the Nissan swerved to the right around stopped traffic and onto the shoulder, ran the red light, went into the intersection and hit the Jeep Compass in a near head-on impact.
Police said the Nissan then crossed into a median and hit a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer, driven by Travis L. Estepp, that was stopped at the light on the exit ramp from I-26.
Estepp was not injured in the crash.
Britton was possibly injured and was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for a precautionary evaluation.
Smith was critically injured in the crash and was taken by Sullivan County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.
According to the release, Smith later died from his injuries at the hospital.
Police said Smith was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.
The crash caused a major traffic disruption for about four hours as officers worked gather details about the crash and safely removed the cars and debris. All lanes have since reopened.
Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.