Father killed, children injured in Gov. John Sevier Hwy. wreck

Father killed, children injured in Gov. John Sevier Hwy. wreck

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The crash was reported just after 6:30 p.m. at the intersection with Austin Park Lane. The crash was reported just after 6:30 p.m. at the intersection with Austin Park Lane.
"I'm ok, I'm sore," Bradley Silvers said. "My backs hurting, my legs skinned, but I'm alright compared to everyone else." "I'm ok, I'm sore," Bradley Silvers said. "My backs hurting, my legs skinned, but I'm alright compared to everyone else."

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A three-vehicle crash killed one person and injured six others Friday night.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Gov. John Sevier Highway at Austin Park Lane in South Knox County. The highway was shut down until 11:40 Friday night.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 49-year-old Scott Spangler of Sevierville was driving his Chevrolet Blazer west on Gov. John Sevier Highway when he crossed the center line and crashed into a sedan traveling east.

The sedan then spun out of control, crashing into an SUV.

The driver of the sedan, 38-year-old Benjamin Woodruff of Knoxville, was killed in the crash.

Woodruff's two children, 6-year-old Ethan and 4-year-old Kathleen, were injured. Ethan Woodruff is currently listed as being in critical condition at UT Medical Center.

The driver of the SUV, 49-year-old Roy Hensley is listed as being in serious condition. A passenger, James Barthelmy, is considered to be in critical condition.

The driver and the passengers in the SUV sustained injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

THP says Spangler was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

A THP spokesperson said the accident was being investigated as a vehicular homicide and all charges were being considered.

The three-car crash took up both north and southbound lanes of John Sevier Highway.

A witness at the scene says a Chevy Blazer was swerving when it hit a silver Nissan that was stopped in the turn lane. The Nissan then hit a mini-van.

"We were just driving down the road talking about work and then bam," explained Bradley Silvers, who was involved in the accident.

Silvers was in the minivan that was hit in the chain events of the crash. He said the whole thing happened in a matter of seconds.

"I saw the Blazer, the Chevy Blazer, hit the car in the turning lane and knock them into us and we went off and hit a tree," he said, describing the accident.

In a cell phone video provided by 6 News viewer, heavy smoke can be seen coming from the accident scene.

The Nissan was crushed into a mangled mess. Silvers' minivan was run off the side of the road.

"I'm ok, I'm sore," Silvers said. "My backs hurting, my legs skinned, but I'm alright compared to everyone else."

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