THP: Charges pending in fatal head-on collision on Mary Patton Highway

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Charges are pending in a head-on crash that killed a Hampton woman, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. 

The crash happened just before 9:00 a.m. on Mary Patton Highway in Elizabethton. 

According to a crash report, Hobert Watson, 81, of Vilas, North Carolina, was driving around a curve on Mary Patton Highway when he crossed the center line. 

Cathy Deal, 69, of Hampton, TN, was driving in the opposite direction and swerved to try and avoid hitting Watson. The two vehicles collided head-on. 

Deal was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both drivers were wearing a seatbelt. Criminal charges are pending, according to THP. 

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