UPDATE 12:35 pm.

The Kingsport Police Department has identified the driver of the pickup as Donald W. Porter. On August 30, 2014 at approximately 6:00 AM, Mr. Porter died as a result of his injuries.

Seatbelts would very likely have had a significant bearing in the outcome of this crash. The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the importance of the wearing of seatbelts. Not only is it the law, but it might just save a life.


The crash in Kingsport sent two people to the hospital last night.

According to the Kingsport police department, the crash happened at 9:30p.m. at the intersection of Eastman Road and East Center Street.

A 2003 Volkswagen Beetle, was going northbound on Eastman Road approaching East Center Street preparing to go straight through the intersection.

At the same time, a 1986 Chevrolet pickup was southbound on Eastman Road and made a left turn toward eastbound East Center Street directly into the path of the Volkswagen.

The two vehicles collided, and the driver of the pickup was not wearing his seat belt which caused him to become ejected from the pickup.

Witnesses report that both vehicles had a green light as they approached the intersection, and that the lights had changed from green to yellow just prior to the crash.

Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S.

The driver of pickup driver’s injuries were life threatening, and he is listed in critical condition.

Due to the seriousness of his injuries, his name is temporarily being withheld pending notification of his family.

The investigation into this crash by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit is ongoing.