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Details spotty on Friday wreck

Exact details on a traffic accident that injured at least three motorists on Jackson-Love Highway Friday night still have yet to be formally released by the Tennessee Department of Safety as of the newspaper’s press deadline Monday night.
Limited details that have been verified by local 911 dispatchers include that a call came sometime in the early evening hours on Friday reporting a multiple-vehicle collision on the highway and that the incident happened just in front of the Nuclear Fuel Services training facility.
Several nearby residents took to The Erwin Record’s Facebook page and other mobile sources soon after the incident, reporting that they heard sirens and, later, the sound of a WINGS rescue helicopter arriving at the scene.
One dispatcher indicated that the case was being headed up by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and confirmed that at least two of the injured parties had to be airlifted for medical treatment.
A call placed to Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson also turned up little information, as Tilson said the area of roadway in question does not fall under the town’s jurisdiction.
“It’s that weird little place in there that the city doesn’t have (jurisdiction over), and then you go under the bridge for a little way, and then it picks back up in city limits again,” Tilson commented Friday night.
Attempts to reach Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ronnie Adkins on Friday and on Monday for comment were unsuccessful.
Upon contacting the dispatch office for the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Fall Branch, the newspaper learned that Trooper Joe Lunsford worked the accident scene. Two messages left for Lunsford were not returned as of Monday evening.
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