Kingsport Times-News: Elderly Surgoinsville man in critical condition after 11-W crash

Elderly Surgoinsville man in critical condition after 11-W crash

Jeff Bobo • Nov 20, 2018 at 5:45 PM

CHURCH HILL — An elderly Surgoinsville man was listed in critical condition following a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in which he reportedly turned his Jeep into the path of an oncoming truck on Highway 11-W in Church Hill.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, around 2:22 p.m., Ray E. Testerman, 83, was driving a 1994 Jeep Wrangler eastbound when he attempted a left turn northbound onto Old Union Road.

At the same time, Ray M. Penley, 81, Church Hill, was driving a 2014 Chevy 2500 pickup westbound on 11-W approaching that same intersection.

According to the THP report, Testerman failed to yield the right-of-way and turned his vehicle into the path of the pickup, which struck the Jeep on the passenger side.

Both drivers were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center via Hawkins County EMS.

Penley, who was wearing a seatbelt, reportedly sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

The THP report indicated that as of Tuesday, however, Testerman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was listed in critical condition.

Another serious accident occurred on Highway 11-W three hours earlier and within a mile of the second one.

Around 11:20 a.m, the Church Hill Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Goshen Valley Road that sent three people to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

CHPD Chief Chad Mosely said Officer Ethan Calhoun happened to be at the intersection at the time and witnessed the crash.

Calhoun indicated that a Ford Ranger occupied by one person had the green light and was crossing 11-W northbound from Goshen Valley Road toward Gray Brothers Store Road.

A minivan with two people inside allegedly ran a red light and struck the Ranger on the passenger side.

“It had already crossed the northbound lanes through the intersection and got hit on the southbound side,” Mosely added. “The driver of the minivan was cited for failure to stop at a red light.”

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