ALCOA, Tenn. (WATE) — Two people died Sunday in a crash shut down lanes of Alcoa Highway for several hours.
Investigators said Nancy Winkler, 82, and Frank Winkler, 81, of Knoxville were killed when the Tesla they were in crossed a median and struck an SUV.
Alcoa Police Department and Alcoa Fire Department responded to the crash on Alcoa Highway at Wheeler Road around 12:45 p.m., APD stated Monday.
“Through an investigation done by APD and Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team, it was determined that a white sedan with two occupants was traveling at a high rate of speed on US 129 Northbound,” APD stated in a Monday social media update.
“The driver lost control of the vehicle and crossed a grass median, striking a Southbound traveling black SUV, with two occupants. Upon striking the SUV, the white sedan broke in half and departed from the roadway, resting at the wood line.”
Frank Winkler was pronounced dead at the scene, while Nancy Winkler was transported by AMR to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in critical condition. She later died at the hospital from injuries suffered in the crash.
APD also said on Monday that the occupants of the black SUV, Betty Martin, 78 and a 13-year-old passenger were taken by AMR to UT Medical Center with serious injuries.