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Juveniles injured in wreck

Rock Creek Road in Erwin was closed for hours Monday evening following a head-on collision.
According to the preliminary crash report issued from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), a 2013 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound on the road when it crossed the center double yellow line, striking a 2006 Ford F-250 Pickup towing a trailer with three horses.
At 8:20 p.m., the THP released a statement providing early information on the accident.
“THP is currently investigating a two vehicle head-on crash on State Hwy 395,” said Dayla Qualls, deputy communications director with the department, in an email provided to The Erwin Record.
The incident occurred at 7:19 p.m. according to the report and had the road shut down for over three hours.
Charges are pending for the juvenile driver of the Ford Focus following further investigation. The driver and two other juvenile passengers, including a Unicoi County High School student, were airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) while the fourth juvenile passenger was transported by ambulance to JCMC. They were said to be in stable condition as of Monday night.
The driver of the pickup, Zachary Young, 18, and passenger Brandon Davis, 25, did not require medical assistance. A third passenger, Tiffany Kyviakidis, 19, was also transported to JCMC by ambulance.
One horse that was in the truck’s trailer was said to be injured, according to the report, while a dog riding in the vehicle was killed.
The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department worked in collaboration with THP on the collision.
No other information was provided to The Erwin Record before the press deadline. Any updates provided will appear in a future issue.