Woman flown to hospital from 11-W wreck in Rogersville

Jeff Bobo • Jan 2, 2020 at 12:36 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Whitesburg woman was flown via rescue helicopter to the Johnson City Medical Center on Thursday morning after a rental truck pulled out in front of her on Highway 11-W at the West Main Street intersection in Rogersville.

Rogersville Police Department Chief Doug Nelson said although the woman was seriously injured, rescuers at the scene indicated her injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening. 

Had there been a person seated in the passenger seat, however, Nelson said it would have been hard for that person to survive the crash. 

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, on Thursday shortly before 8 a.m. Jessie Lee Killion, 35, of Bean Station was attempting to pull an Enterprise Rental Truck onto 11-W from the West Main Street intersection in Rogersville.

Killion reportedly pulled out into the path of a 2018 Nissan Altima driven eastbound on 11-W by Jackie D. Gulliver, 46, of Whitesburg, and struck the Nissan on the front passenger side of the car.

Killion was cited into Hawkins County Sessions court for failure to yield.

Among the agencies that responded to the scene were the Hawkins County Rescue Squad, Hawkins County EMS, Rogersville Police Department, Rogersville Fire Department, Hawkins County EMA, Hawkins County Sheriffs Office, Wings Air Rescue and THP.

The West Main Street intersection with 11-W has been Rogersville’s most dangerous in recent years. In November 2017 after two fatal accidents occurred there that year, the city asked the Tennessee Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study on 11-W throughout the city.

Last year TDOT returned with multiple recommendations, including installing new highway signs from Arrowhead Drive east to the Route 70-N intersection, as well as reflectors, rumble strips and new stop signs for highway access roads.

The total cost of the proposed work is $42,700 and would be covered by the state.

TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi told the Times News that plans for those highway safety improvements in Rogersville are expected to be completed this month.

“The earliest the project could be placed in a construction letting is March 27,” Nagi said. “The project does not have a scheduled completion date at this time. Those dates are established when the project is let to contract.”

Another TDOT recommendation was to close access to the highway directly across the highway from the the West Main street intersection — from Caldwell Drive between the Beal Street intersection and 11-W, which is the closest access to the highway for residents of the Sugar Tree subdivision.

The road closure was the only TDOT recommendation rejected by the BMA.

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