By Nathan Baker
Tennessee Highway Patrol officers are still trying to determine what caused a Johnson City woman to cross the center line on U.S. Highway 19E Tuesday afternoon, sideswiping a Carter County work truck and fatally colliding with a logging truck.
THP Trooper Jason Andes said there were no indications of drug or alcohol in the Dodge Dakota that crashed head-on into the tractor-trailer from Marion, N.C., killing Carolyn N. Holtsclaw, 60.
Andes said the county pickup, occupied by a road crew worker and two trusties from the Carter County Jail, and the unloaded logging truck were both driving toward Elizabethton near the intersection of Simerly Creek Road at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Dodge was headed toward Roan Mountain in the opposite direction.
“The driver of the Dodge Dakota crossed over into the opposite lane and sideswiped the county truck, then traveled on in the opposite lane to strike the tractor-trailer head-on,” Andes said.
Andes said tire tracks at the scene gave no indication that the woman attempted to slow down after crossing into the opposing lane.