Crash stalls traffic for half-hour

10:00 am | January 24, 2014
Photo by Brandon Hicks

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Members of the Elizabethton Fire Department and Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad remove Joseph Geidel from the wreckage of his 2001 Ford Ranger after he and Bobbie Burchell Foster collided at the intersection of Milligan Highway and Tennessee Highway 67 Thursday morning.

A two-car accident slowed traffic for roughly a half-hour Thursday morning, but an Elizabethton police officer said neither driver suffered serious injury.

Elizabethton Police Department Patrol Officer Douglas Combs said Joseph Geidel was turning left in his 2001 Ford Ranger onto Tennessee Highway 67 from Milligan Highway when a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by Bobbie Burchell Foster, 71, 2717 S. Roan St. Apartment 28, Johnson City, drove through a red light and collided with him.

“According to a witness, she was traveling westbound on Highway 67,” Combs said. “The light was red. She failed to stop for the red light and she struck the 2001 Ford Ranger.”

The EPD, Elizabethton Fire Department, Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad, and Tennessee Highway Patrol all responded to the scene, which closed down one lane of westbound traffic for more than 30 minutes as crews worked to clear the road.

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