Victims Identified in Tuesday’s Crash on Highway 61

A multi-vehicle accident closed Harriman Highway (Hwy. 61) between Rockbridge Road and Mayton Lane. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Mary King, 75, was traveling East on SR 61 in a 2013 Lincoln MKX when she crossed the center line and struck a 2017 Dodge Charger head-on. King’s vehicle came to an uncontrolled stop in the traffic lanes, while the Charger, driven by 51-year-old Steven J. Goodell, came to an uncontrolled stop outside the lanes of traffic. Both King and Goodell died as a result of the crash. King was not wearing her seatbelt, but it is unknown whether Goodell was wearing his. One person, Jackie Long, 59, who was a passenger in the Dodge Charger was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Injuries to Long are unknown currently. Another passenger in the Charger, Timothy Lee Murray, 40, was not injured in the accident. We will continue to follow this situation and give you the latest details as we get them.

(Commentary) State Route 61 and 62, are two of the most dangerous highways in the state of Tennessee and until the Tennessee Department of Transportation widens both State Routes, unfortunately we will still read about these types of accidents. Please pray for the families of these victims in yet another senseless fatality that could be prevented by simply widening these highways. – Brad Jones

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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