Fatality reported from Highway 19E accident

8:55 am | September 10, 2013

photoAn early-morning accident Tuesday on Highway 19E in Elizabethton has claimed the life of a man from Jacksboro, Tenn.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Marlowe, briefing media at the scene of the accident, identified the victim as Danny Hopper, 58.

Marlowe said Hopper was driving in the wrong direction on the four-lane highway and collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Soren Kees of Newland, N.C.

Marlowe said Hopper died on impact.

He added that a search of Hopper’s vehicle found prescription medications, as well as an open container of alcohol.

The accident blocked traffic in both directions for more than an hour.

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