Neighbors remember Maryville mother killed in highway accident

Neighbors remember Maryville mother killed in highway accident

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1 woman was killed and four others were injured in an accident along Highway 411 Saturday night. 1 woman was killed and four others were injured in an accident along Highway 411 Saturday night.
Crews on the scene of the 2-vehicle accident Saturday night that left one Maryville mother dead. Crews on the scene of the 2-vehicle accident Saturday night that left one Maryville mother dead.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Authorities say a Maryville woman died Saturday night while trying to get help with a flat tire.

According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Campbell, 29, was traveling southbound on Highway 411 near the Highway 129 junction when she stopped in the left lane because she had a flat tire.

After Campbell got out of her car to try to get help, she was hit by another driver in the same lane, trapping her between the two vehicles. She died at the scene around 6:45 p.m.

Campbell's neighbors are in disbelief over the details of the accident. Three passengers were in Campbell's car when the accident happened, including a 15-year-old girl and Campbell's two children ages 10 and 21 months old. All three were taken to Blount Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

"To hear that this happened, it's just heartbreaking," said neighbor Amanda Reagan.

Reagan says Campbell lived in a Maryville apartment complex with her two children.

"It's very sad that the children saw what happened," Reagan said.

"I just feel really bad for them, losing her so close to the holidays," neighbor Samantha Wade said.

Wade says she saw Campbell just before the accident, as they were both leaving their apartments.

"I actually drove past the scene of the wreck. I called my husband and told him I just passed a wreck, I didn't want him to worry about me or anything," Wade said.

Wade then found out it was her friend in the accident.

"I was kind of in shock and I called her a few times. When she didn't answer the phone I kind of knew, because she always answered the phone," Wade said.

Wade says Campbell was a caring neighbor, and a friend to everyone.

"Mandy was really funny, she was really sweet. She loved pretty much everybody, she cared about everybody. She was a really good friend," Wade said.

Both neighbors say Campbell's world revolved around her children.

"She was just an overall good person. She was always laughing and cutting up," Reagan said.

"We all love her and miss her very much," Wade said.

Authorities say the 19-year-old driver who hit Campbell was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in stable condition. They say the driver, as well as the children in Campbell's car, were all properly restrained.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the accident.

 

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