Aug 28, 2012 2:38 PM

Teen Airlifted To Hospital Following Harlan County Crash

A teenager was airlifted to a Tennessee hospital after a crash in Harlan County involving a garbage truck.

The incident happened at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 119. Police say a 2000 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ronnie Clark, 17, of Cumberland was attempting to turn left from Harlan County High School parking lot onto U.S. 119. At that time, the pickup crashed into a 1996 Chevrolet garbage truck traveling south on U.S. 119.

The driver of the garbage truck, Paul Smith, 53, of Lynch, was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.

Clark was trapped inside the pickup and was removed by emergency personnel. He was not wearing a seat belt. He was airlifted from the scene by AirEvac to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected. Blood was obtained from both drivers.

The crash remains under investigation.


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