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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Four vehicle crash
Newport authorities on Wednesday released details in a Tuesday afternoon crash which involved four vehicles and left five individuals injured. Patrol Officer Paul Weber said the 5:27 pm crash occurred on West Highway 25/70 near the Thinwood Drive intersection. At the scene, Tabitha Desroches,37, Temper Lane, Dandridge, told Officer Weber she was westbound when Brittany Reese, 26, Needmore Road, Bybee, crossed into the westbound lanes and struck her vehicle head-on. A number of other witnesses confirmed the scenario described by Ms. Deroches. Following the initial collision, the Desroches auto was hit by a vehicle operated by Jessica Rich, 37, Cricket Hollow Road, Cosby. The fourth auto operated by Bernice McMahan, 63, Old Sevierville Highway, Newport ran off the roadway to avoid the collision and her car came to rest in foliage. Neither Rich or McMahan was injured. Deroaches, her three children aged three, four and twelve, and Reese all were taken by First Call EMS to the Newport Medical Center for treatment. Later Reese was sent to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville by medical helicopter. Officer Weber said when he arrived on the scene, Reese told him she needed an ambulance but the rest of her communication was slurred. She then lost consciousness and was administered Narcan by First Call personnel in an effort to stabilize her. "She was able to tell me that she had taken half of a Xanax pill that she had purchased from 'some guy she met in the streets," the officer said. Charges now are pending the results of a blood draw.

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