One dead, two flown out  in Lakeway Area wrecks

A pair of helicopters wait to take two people injured in a Springvale Road crash to the UT Medical Center, Thursday.

Multiple wrecks occurred in the Lakeway Area Thursday afternoon that left one person dead and two people flown by LifeStar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Two people are in stable condition at University of Tennessee Medical Center after their car was struck by a sport utility vehicle on Springvale Road on Thursday.

Linda James, of Mt. Carmel, Tennessee, and Annette Bridman, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, were flown by LifeStar to UT Medical Center around 5 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

A third person involved in the crash, Elijah Garrett, of White Pine, was not injured.

Lt. Steve McBride, of the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department, said Garrett was traveling west around 4 p.m. Thursday on Springvale Road in a 2001 Ford Explorer.

James was driving a 2002 Buick Regal and Bridman was a passenger. McBride said James was on Robinson Creek Road and attempted to turn onto Springvale Road.

As she turned, she came into the path of Garrett’s truck and he struck her.

McBride said Garrett’s Explorer overturned and ended up in the parking lot of Three-Way Market on Springvale Road.

Around the same time, a Strawberry Plains man was killed Thursday after his van ran off the road and struck a tree.

Tony E. Blalock, 50, was declared dead at the scene of the crash, authorities said.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Blalock was traveling south on state Route 139 around 4 p.m. Thursday in a 1993 Chevrolet van.

While he was coming around a curve, the van went off the right side of the highway.

Blalock overcorrected his steering to the left and then to the right, the THP said, and his van ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Blalock was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, authorities said.