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Two Bluff City residents killed in 19-E collision

From staff reports • Nov 22, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Two people were killed and two injured in separate traffic crashes on U.S. Highway 19-E on Wednesday night, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The fatalities occurred at the intersection of 19-E and Bunker Hill Road in Bluff City about 6:30 p.m., the THP said.

The investigating trooper reported that a 1996 Ford F150 pickup driven by Michael Cook, 55, Bluff City, was traveling north on 19-E and swerving in the roadway, according to a witness’ statement.

Cook’s vehicle crossed the median into the southbound lanes and struck a 2014 Jeep Latitude driven by Kelly Roberts, 30, Bluff City, head-on.

Both Cook and Roberts were killed in the crash.

A short distance away in Carter County at about the same time, the THP said, two people were hurt in a collision near the intersection of 19-E and Keenburg Road.

According to a press release, a Mitsubishi Montero driven by Matthew Kent, 36, Elizabethton, was traveling south on 19-E when it crossed the grass median, went airborne and struck a Nissan work van driven by Charles Pierce, 53, Piney Flats, head-on.

The THP said both Kent and Pierce were transported to Johnson City Medical Center.

Kent was charged with vehicular assault as a result of DUI-third offense, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lane and having no insurance.

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