Update: Three injured in 421 wreck
by Anna Oakes
A woman airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center after her SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday was slated to be released with no serious injuries, Trooper Daniel Alexander said Friday.
Alexander said Elizabeth Eggers Hicks, 51, of Vilas had no broken bones from the collision, which occurred U.S. 421/321 in Vilas just before noon Thursday. Martha Ward Davis, 59, of Banner Elk and the truck driver, David Anthony Seiber, 45, of White Pine, Tenn., were transported to Watauga Medical Center from the crash scene.
Alexander said Friday that Seiber was in the intensive-care unit. Hospital staff reached Friday would not give the condition of Davis.
Seiber, driving a Reinhart tractor-trailer with a Nebraska license plate, was traveling north on U.S. 421/321 behind Davis, who was driving a Toyota Camry. Seiber said he took his eyes off the road briefly to check his gauges when Davis slowed to make a left turn into Brown's Used Cars, Alexander said.
When Seiber looked back up it was too late; he swerved and struck the Camry from behind, then traveled left of center and collided with the Tahoe that was traveling southbound on U.S. 421/321. The Tahoe was pushed up an embankment into four parked vehicles at the car lot, the trooper said.
The tractor-trailer cab had to be pulled away from the Tahoe using a tow truck before responders could use the jaws of life to reach Hicks, who was pinned inside. She was then transported to a field from which a Wings Air Rescue helicopter departed for Johnson City, Tenn.
Alexander said the tractor-trailer was estimated to be traveling 50 mph in a 45-mph zone. Seiber was cited with careless and reckless driving.
Responders included the State Highway Patrol, Cove Creek Fire Department, Watauga Rescue, Watauga Medics and Boone Fire Department.