THP: 73-year-old woman killed in Hawkins County crash


UPDATE ( 3p.m.)-  Tennessee Highway Patrol officials said one person is dead following a crash involving a semi Wednesday morning in Church Hill.

According to a THP report, 73-year-old Diana M. Blevins died following a crash at the intersection of Highway 11W and AFG Road. 

THP reports that a tractor-trailer carrying glass was turning on to AFG road from Highway 11W when that tractor-trailer pulled into the lane of a 2017 Toyota Highlander. 

Authorities report that Highlander’s front end hit the rear of the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the Toyota Highlander, identified by authorities as 75-year-old Charles Blevins, was injured in the crash.

The passenger, 73-year-old Diana M. Blevins died as a result of that crash. According to the report, she was wearing a seatbelt.

Authorities identified the driver of the tractor-trailer as Mario F. Irigollen of Texas. He was also injured in the crash.

Irigollen was cited with failure to yield to right of way. 

UPDATE (12:40 p.m.) – The Church Hill Police Department reports Highway 11W has reopened in both directions.

According to a department tweet, drivers should remain cautious near the AFG Road intersection. Crews are unloading caro of the semi-truck involved in the accident.


CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (WJHL)- Officials with the Church Hill Police Department have alerted drivers about a crash blocking part of Highway 11W and Kingsport Press Road.

According to a tweet from the police department, “Highway 11W, eastbound at Kingsport Press Rd., is entirely blocked until further notice due to an accident involving a semi and serious injuries to drivers.”

They are asking drivers to look for alternate routes.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials confirmed they were working a crash with serious injuries at that site.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story. 

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