Rockford mother, infant son die in Alcoa Highway crash

Rockford mother, infant son die in Alcoa Highway crash

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Brittany's 10-month old son Brittany's 10-month old son

6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A Rockford mother and her infant son were killed and a man was injured in a three-vehicle accident on Alcoa Highway Saturday evening.

The victims were identified as Brittany N. Thomas, 21, and her 10-month-old baby boy.

The accident happened just before 5:30 p.m. between Hunt Road and Hall Road on Alcoa Highway.

"Terrible, terrible scene," says Harold Stevens, a Maryville resident who was involved in the accident.

Stevens said Sunday night he and his wife were still shaken up.

Authorities say Jeffrey A. Knight, 40, of Alcoa, was driving northbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Prism when he crossed over the center median. His car became airborne and struck a 1995 Pontiac Sunfire traveling southbound on the highway.

Both occupants of the Pontiac, Thomas and her 10-month-old died instantly in the crash. Investigators say Thomas was wearing a seat belt and the infant was properly restrained.

A Facebook page has since been created in their honor.

"I saw them bring a little baby out of the vehicle, small, small child," Stevens said.

After the Prism hit Thomas' car, it collided with Stephens' 2006 Ford F-350 that was also traveling southbound.

He and his wife compared the seconds up to the crash to something in a movie. "I was bracing myself for it with my hands on the steering wheel tight," Harold Stevens said.

"He was flipping, and he was in the air when he hit us," Donna Stevens said.

All six people in Steven's truck were wearing seat belts. No one in the truck was injured.

"It just makes you wonder how things happen like that. It could have been us, but of course, I don't think about that now. I think about the young girl and her baby," Donna said.

Knight was taken UT Medical Center for his injuries. Investigators say he wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Both southbound lanes and one northbound lane of Alcoa Highway were closed after the crash for approximately three hours while officers investigated and worked to clear the scene.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Alcoa police say anyone who witnessed the wreck should contact Sgt. Hank Morris at 865-380-4914.

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