One Fatality and Multiple Injuries Are Reported in Monday Traffic Accidents


Two separate traffic accidents on Monday, June 20 resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries to at least four other individuals.

According to reports, shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, a two-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 154/West Cove Road resulted in one man sustaining serious injuries which required having to be airlifted to an out-of-town hospital, and a second two-vehicle accident about 8 p.m. Monday evening on the Martha Washington Road resulting in fatal injuries to a 30-year-old man and serious injuries to two others.

According to reports, the first accident involved a 1996 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Adam Ipock, 34 of Jamestown, and a 2004 GMC Canyon pickup, driven by Lonnie Cooper, 59, also of Jamestown.

Reports indicated that Mr. Ipock, traveling south, crossed the center line and struck the Cooper vehicle head-on.

Mr. Cooper was transported by ambulance to Tennova Healthcare, Jamestown for treatment and was later airlifted by Air-Evac to U-T Hospital in Knoxville for more specialized treatment.

Mr. Ipock was treated at Tennova Healthcare Jamestown for less-serious injuries.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage in the accident.

Charges are pending in connection with the accident, which was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jamie Stephens, assisted at the scene by officers from the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department, Fentress County EMS, Fentress County EMA, Fentress County Fire Unit 1, and the Fentress Co. Ambulance Service.

The second accident occurred just before 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of Martha Washington Road and Todd Road involving a Dodge Caravan, driven by Johnny Key, 46, of Clarkrange and a Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Sarah Phillips, 35. also of Clarkrange.

According to reports, the vehicles collided head-on, and both were demolished by the impact.

A passenger in the Phillips van, identified as Jeremy Banks, 31, was entrapped in the vehicle, and had to be extricated by technicians from the Fentress County Rescue Squad and Ambulance Service.

Mr. Banks sustained fatal injuries in the accident, and was pronounced dead on arrival at Tennova Healthcare of Jamestown.

The Grimsley Fire Unit 3 and Fentress County EMA set up a landing zone behind Andie’s Quick Mart from which Mr. Key was airlifted by Air-Evac 14 Helicopter to an out-of-town hospital.

Mrs. Phillips was transported by ambulance to Tennova Healthcare, Jamestown for treatment.

The Martha Washington Road was closed for more than two hours while emergency personnel completed the investigation.


Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.