A 16-year-old Hamblen County girl injured in a one-vehicle crash on Kidwells Ridge Road Thursday afternoon is recovering at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, according to the teen’s father.
The teen sustained a laceration on her liver and a broken arm close to her shoulder, according to Larry Honaker, her father and a member of the West Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department, an agency called for support in the crash.
The teen, who also lost teeth in the crash, underwent surgery to place a plate and screw in her arm to help mend the broken bone, according to her father, who said he expects his daughter, who was a back-seat passenger in the vehicle, to be released early this week. She was airlifted to the Knoxville hospital from the Morristown Regional Airport.
Honaker said the driver of the vehicle was his 18-year-old niece and the front-seat passenger was his 18-year-old daughter. They were treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital for relatively minor injuries and released.
The driver reported she lost control of the vehicle when she swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle in her lane. After the vehicle collided with a mailbox, it nose-dived into a concrete driveway culvert, according to Lt. Steve McBride with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.