A teenage girl, who was an unrestrained back-seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a one-vehicle crash on Kidwells Ridge Road in Hamblen County Thursday afternoon, was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, according to Lt. Steve McBride with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.
The girl’s mother reported her daughter sustained a shoulder injury and lacerations on her face, and she was recovering in a regular room, according to McBride.
“According to Deputy Todd Harris, a seat belt would have made a big difference with her,” McBride said.
The 16-year-old female driver was southbound on Kidwells Ridge Road, near the intersection with Wynn Street when the crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. The driver reported an oncoming car traveled into her lane, forcing her to swerve and causing her to lose control, according to information Harris provided.
The vehicle struck a mailbox before crashing head-on into a concrete culvert, Harris reported.
The driver and a front-seat passenger, another female teen, were treated for relatively minor injuries at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System before they were released.
The back-seat passenger was airlifted to the Knoxville hospital from MHHS.