SURGOINSVILLE — Failure to yield the right-of-way is believed to be the cause of a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday afternoon that claimed the life of Hawkins County man.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said that Harley L. Wallen, 52, of Rogersville, was the driver of a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and was turning from Surgoinsville Creek Road onto US11W southbound when the vehicle was struck by a northbound pickup driven by Ryan H. Bos, 33, also of Rogersville.
According to the Trooper report, Wallen failed to yield the right-of-way. Bos attempted to avoid a crash but his 2002 Ford F350 struck the Lumina on the driver-side door.
The car came to rest in the left-turn lane on 11W northbound, while the pickup came to rest in a ditch on the southbound side of the thoroughfare.
The accident happened about 7:34 p.m., on Aug. 22, 2018.
As is standard procedure in crashes involving a fatality, a routine blood-alcohol and drug test was requested of the deceased driver.
Wallen was not wearing a safety belt but State Trooper Dylan Reid, the investigating officer, said in his report that the use of a seat belt would not have made a difference in the outcome.
Bos, the driver of the pickup, was wearing his safety belt. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries, Troopers said. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
No citations were issued and no criminal charges will be filed, Dylan’s report notes.
In addition to THP, members of the Hawkins Co. Rescue Squad, Surgoinsville Fire Department, Hawkins Co. Emergency Management Director Gary Murrell, deputies with the Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Department, and Hawkins Co. EMS ambulances, and others assisted at the scene.